Bolton, Barry

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

From 1971 to 2004 Barry Bolton was the ant taxonomist in the Department of Entomology at the British Museum (Natural History), later renamed as The Natural History Museum, London. Since retirement in 2004 he has remained a Scientific Associate of the Museum and continues his taxonomic studies in peace and quiet.


ANT TAXONOMY

Bolton’s taxonomic work has ranged across the entire family Formicidae and consists mostly of taxonomic revisions of whole genera or higher taxa, either on a world basis or focused upon particular zoogeographical regions. He has also made contributions to ant morphology, systematics, phylogeny and biodiversity, and has produced a number of synoptic surveys, including the Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World (1994), the New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World (1995) and the Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae (2003). His revision of the world Dacetini (2000), constructed together with Steve Shattuck and Brian Fisher, contains the greatest number of new species yet described in a single publication on ants (454). This huge total merely gives an indication of the enormous number of ant species that may remain to be discovered in groups that have not previously been investigated in detail.


PUBLICATIONS

  • BILLEN, J., ITO, F. & BOLTON, B. 2000. Femoral and tibial glands in the ant genus Strumigenys. Belgian Journal of Zoology. 130: 111-115.
  • BOLTON, B. 1990. Generic synopsis, keys to subfamilies, and keys to ant genera. Pp. 9-19 and 33-54; in Hölldobler B. & Wilson, E.O. THE ANTS: 732 pp. Harvard University Press.
  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp.
  • Bolton, B. 1998b. A preliminary analysis of the ants of the Pasoh Forest Reserve. Pp. 84-95 in: Lee, S. S.; Dan, Y. M.; Gauld, I. D.; Bishop, J. (eds.) Conservation, management and development of forest resources. Proceedings of the Malaysia-United Kingdom Programme Workshop 21-24 October 1996. Kuala Lumpur: International Institute for Environment and Development, 392 pp.: 84-95.
  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028.
  • Bolton, B. 2007b. Taxonomy of the dolichoderine ant genus Technomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) based on the worker caste. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute. 35(1): 1-149.
  • BOLTON, B., ALPERT, G., WARD, P.S. & NASKRECKI, P. 2007. BOLTON’S CATALOGUE OF ANTS OF THE WORLD, 1758 – 2005. Compact Disc Edition, Harvard University Press.
  • BOLTON, B. & COLLINGWOOD, C. A. 1975. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Royal Entomological Society of London 6 (3c). Hymenoptera, Formicidae: 34 pp.
  • BOLTON, B., DEJEAN, A. & NGNEGUEU, P.-R. 1992. Les fourmis du sol. In Biologie d'une Canopée de Forêt Equatoriale - II. Part 4. Interface entre les Plantes et les Animaux: 83-86.
  • Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. 2014. The Madagascan endemic myrmicine ants related to Eutetramorium (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): taxonomy of the genera Eutetramorium Emery, Malagidris nom. n., Myrmisaraka gen. n., Royidris gen. n., and Vitsika gen. n. Zootaxa. 3791, 1–99.
  • Bolton, B.; Fisher, B. L. 2016. [New genera attributed to B. Bolton and B. L. Fisher]. Pp: 274-276, 302-304 Fisher, B. L.; Bolton, B. 2016. Ants of Africa and Madagascar A Guide to the Genera. Berkeley: University of California Press, i-ix, 1-503.
  • DEJEAN, A. & BOLTON, B. 1995. Fauna sheltered by Procubitermes niapuensis termitaries of the African rainforest. Journal of African Zoology. 109: 481-487.
  • DEJEAN, A., BOLTON, B. & DURAND, J. L. 1997. Cubitermes subarquatus termitaries as shelters for soil fauna in African rainforests. Journal of Natural History. 31: 1289-1302.
  • DEJEAN, A., DURAND, J. L. & BOLTON, B. 1996. Ants inhabiting Cubitermes termitaries in African rain forests. Biotropica. 28: 701-713.
  • Fisher, B. L.; Bolton, B. 2016. Ants of Africa and Madagascar, a guide to the genus. University of California Press. 503pp.
  • GAULD, I. D. & BOLTON, B. [Editors] 1988. THE HYMENOPTERA: 332 pp. Oxford University Press + British Museum (Natural History). [Second edition: 1996.]
  • MEMMOTT, J., GODFRAY, H. C. J. & BOLTON, B. 1993. Predation and parasitism in a tropical herbivore community. Ecological Entomology. 18: 348-352.
  • Ward, P. S.; Bolton, B.; Shattuck, S. O.; Brown, W. L., Jr. 1996. A bibliography of ant systematics. Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 116: 1-417
  • WATT, A., STORK, N.E., McBEATH, C. & BOLTON, B. 1995. Ecology of insects in Cameroon plantation forests. Final Report to UK Overseas Development Administration (ODA)/GOC Office. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (Natural Environment Research Council) 1995: 121 pp.
  • WAY, M. J. & BOLTON, B. 1997. Competition between ants for coconut palm nesting sites. Journal of Natural History. 31: 439-455.
  • WAY, M. J., CAMMELL, M. E., BOLTON, B., & KANAGARATNAM, P. 1989. Ants as egg predators of coconut pests, especially in relation to biological control of the coconut caterpillar, Opisina arenosella Walker, in Sri Lanka. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 79: 219-233.
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