Acromyrmex aspersus

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Acromyrmex aspersus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Acromyrmex
Species: A. aspersus
Binomial name
Acromyrmex aspersus
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Peru.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • aspersus. Oecodoma aspersa Smith, F. 1858b: 185, pl. 10, fig. 17 (q.) BRAZIL. Emery, 1905c: 49 (w.m.). Combination in Atta: Roger, 1863b: 35; in Atta (Acromyrmex): Forel, 1893e: 590; in Acromyrmex: Gallardo, 1916d: 328. Junior synonym of octospinosa: Forel, 1893e: 590. Revived from synonymy: Emery, 1905c: 48. Senior synonym of affinis, inquirens, mesonotalis and material of the unavailable name clarus referred here: Gonçalves, 1961: 132. Current subspecies: nominal plus fuhrmanni.
  • mesonotalis. Atta (Acromyrmex) mesonotalis Emery, 1905c: 46, fig. 8 (w.) PERU. Combination in Acromyrmex: Luederwaldt, 1918: 38. Subspecies of aspersus: Santschi, 1925d: 242. Junior synonym of aspersus: Gonçalves, 1961: 132.
  • inquirens. Atta (Acromyrmex) mesonotalis var. inquirens Forel, 1914e: 11 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Acromyrmex: Emery, 1924d: 349. Subspecies of aspersus: Santschi, 1925a: 368. Junior synonym of aspersus: Gonçalves, 1961: 132.
  • affinis. Acromyrmex aspersus var. affinis Santschi, 1925a: 369 (w.) BRAZIL. Subspecies of aspersus: Santschi, 1925d: 243. Junior synonym of aspersus: Gonçalves, 1961: 132.



  • 2n = 38, karyotype = 8M+10SM+16ST+4A (Brazil) (Teixeira et al., 2017).


  • Calazans, E.G., da Costa, R.V., Cristiano,M.P., Cardoso, D.C. 2020. Daily dynamics of an ant community in a mountaintop ecosystem. Environmental Entomology (doi:10.1093/ee/nvaa011).
  • Emery, C. 1905f. Revisione delle specie del genere Atta appartenenti ai sottogeneri Moellerius e Acromyrmex. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (6)2:39-54 (page 49, worker, male described; page 48, revived from synonymy)
  • Forel, A. 1893h. Note sur les Attini. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 37: 586-607 (page 590, Combination in Atta (Acromyrmex), junior synonym of octospinosa)
  • 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 328, Combination in Acromyrmex)
  • Gonçalves, C. R. 1961. O genero Acromyrmex no Brasil (Hym. Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 4: 113-180 (page 132, senior synonym of affinis, inquirens and mesonotalis, and material of the unavailable name clarus referred here.)
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 35, Combination in Atta)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 185, pl. 10, fig. 17 queen described)