Pseudoatta argentina

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Pseudoatta argentina
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pseudoatta
Species: P. argentina
Binomial name
Pseudoatta argentina
Gallardo, 1916

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The parasitic queens are known to prey on Acromyrmex lundii, Acromyrmex heyeri and possibly Acromyrmex balzani. Details about the biology of Pseudoatta argentina can be found in Bruch (1928) and Gallardo (1929).

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Bruch 1928. Obrera de hormiga podadora, Acromyrmex lundii con una reina adoptiva de Pseudoatta argentina. (Siete veces aumentadas)


Inquilines; workers are not produced.



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

  • argentina. Pseudoatta argentina Gallardo, 1916d: 321, figs. 1, 2 (q.m.) ARGENTINA. See also: Bruch, 1928: 341; Gallardo, 1929: 197; Wheeler, W.M. 1937c: 52. Current subspecies: nominal plus platensis.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Gallardo 1916
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  • Bruch, C. 1928. Estudios mirmecológicos. An. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. B. Aires 34:341-360.
  • Buschinger, A. (2009). Social parasitism among ants: a review. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 12: 219-235.
  • Gallardo, A. 1916e. Notes systématiques et éthologiques sur les fourmis attines de la République Argentine. An. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. B. Aires 28: 317-344 (page 321, figs. 1, 2 queen, male described)
  • Gallardo, A. 1929a. Note sur les moeurs de la fourmi Pseudoatta argentina. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. 2: 197-202 (page 197, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1937c. Mosaics and other anomalies among ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 95 pp. (page 52, see also)