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Proformica nasuta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Proformica
Ruzsky, 1902
Type species
Formica nasuta, now Proformica nasuta
28 species
(Species Checklist)

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Proformica nasuta

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Specimen Label

Evolutionary Relationships

  (2 genera)

  (9 genera)

  (9 genera)


  (15 species)

  (278 species)

  (2 species)

  (3 species)

  (28 species)

  (109 species)

  (4 species)

Gesomyrmex, Oecophylla

  (10 genera)

Gigantiops, Myrmoteras, Santschiella

  (8 genera)

Based on Ward et al. 2016.



World distribution based on political regions. View/Edit Data
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Species richness

Species richness by country based on regional taxon lists (countries with darker colours are more species-rich). View Data

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Worker Morphology

 • Antennal segment count 12 • Antennal club absent • Palp formula 6,4 • Spur formula 1 simple, 1 simple • Eyes present • Scrobes absent • Caste marked size-variation • Sting absent


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • PROFORMICA [Formicinae: Formicini]
    • Proformica Ruzsky, 1902d: 13 [as subgenus of Formica]. Type-species: Formica nasuta, by monotypy.
    • [Proformica also described as new by Ruzsky, 1903b: 303.]
    • Proformica subgenus of Formica: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 699; Emery, 1925b: 242; Creighton, 1950a: 457.
    • Proformica raised to genus: Bondroit, 1918: 40; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927b: 26; Dlussky, 1969a: 218


  • Agosti, D. 1991. Revision of the oriental ant genus Cladomyrma, with an outline of the higher classification of the Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 293-310 (page 295, Proformica in Formicinae, Formica genus group)
  • Agosti, D. 1994b. The phylogeny of the ant tribe Formicini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with the description of a new genus. Syst. Entomol. 19: 93-117 (page 112, diagnosis, review of genus)
  • Ashmead, W. H. 1905c. A skeleton of a new arrangement of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera of the ants, or the superfamily Formicoidea. Can. Entomol. 37: 381-384 (page 384, Proformica in Formicinae, Lasiini)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 130, Proformica in Formicinae, Formicini)
  • Bondroit, J. 1918. Les fourmis de France et de Belgique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 87: 1-174 (page 40, Proformica as genus.)
  • Bondroit, J. 1918. Les fourmis de France et de Belgique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 87: 1-174 (page 40, Proformica in Formicinae, Formicini)
  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 457, Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Dlussky, G. M. 1969a. Ants of the genus Proformica Ruzs. of the USSR and contiguous countries (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zool. Zh. 48: 218-232 (page 218, 231, Proformica raised to genus; Key to species of former U.S.S.R. and contiguous countries.)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 687, Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 242, Proformica in Formicinae, Formicini; Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Proformica in Camponotinae, Formicini; Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, N. N. 1927b. Zur Kenntnis der Gattung Proformica Ruzsky. Soc. Entomol. Stuttg. 42: 26-28 (page 26, Proformica as genus)
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, N. N. 1928a. Beiträge zur Ameisenfauna Mittelasiens. I. Die Gattung Proformica, Ruzsky 1903. Zool. Anz. 75: 7-23 (page 7, Proformica as genus)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1902d. Material on the ant fauna of the Caucasus and the Crimea. Protok. Obshch. Estestvoispyt. Imp. Kazan. Univ. 206(su suppl: 1-33 (page 13, Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1903b. Essay on the myrmecofauna of the Kirghiz steppe. Tr. Rus. Entomol. Obshch. 36: 294-316 (page 303, Proformica also described as new)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 143, Proformica as subgenus of Formica)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 699, Proformica in Formicinae, Formicini; Proformica as subgenus of Formica)