Acromyrmex niger

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

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Paraguay.

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.

  • niger. Oecodoma nigra Smith, F. 1858b: 186 (q.) BRAZIL. Emery, 1905c: 48 (w.m.). Combination in Atta: Roger, 1863b: 35; in Atta (Acromyrmex): Forel, 1893e: 590; in Acromyrmex: Bruch, 1914: 216. Senior synonym of muticinoda (and its junior synonyms depressoculis, homalops): Gonçalves, 1967: 18.
  • muticinoda. Atta (Acromyrmex) nigra r. muticinoda Forel, 1901e: 336 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Acromyrmex: Luederwaldt, 1918: 39. Raised to species: Emery, 1905c: 47; Emery, 1924d: 350. Senior synonym of depressoculis, homalops: Gonçalves: 1961: 153. Junior synonym of niger: Gonçalves, 1967: 18.
  • homalops. Atta (Acromyrmex) muticinoda var. homalops Emery, 1905c: 47, figs. 10, 11 (w.m.) BRAZIL. Combination in Acromyrmex: Luederwaldt, 1918: 38. Subspecies of coronatus: Forel, 1911c: 291; of muticinoda: Santschi, 1925a: 370. Junior synonym of muticinoda: Gonçalves, 1961: 153.
  • depressoculis. Acromyrmex subterranea var. depressoculis Forel, 1913l: 237 (w.) BRAZIL. Subspecies of muticinoda: Santschi, 1925a: 371. Junior synonym of muticinoda: Gonçalves, 1961: 153.



  • 2n = 38, karyotype = 12M+14SM+10ST+2A (Brazil) (Barros et al., 2016).


  • Bruch, C. 1914. Catálogo sistemático de los formícidos argentinos. Rev. Mus. La Plata 19: 211-234 (page 216, Combination in Acromyrmex)
  • 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 48, worker, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1893h. Note sur les Attini. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 37: 586-607 (page 590, Combination in Atta (Acromyrmex))
  • Gonçalves, C. R. 1967a. Acromyrmex muticinodus (Forel, 1901), sinônimo de Acromyrmex niger (F. Smith, 1858) (Hym., Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 12: 17-20 (page 18, senior synonym of muticinoda (and its junior synonyms depressoculis and homalops))
  • Pikart, T. G., P. G. Lemes, W. C. d. C. Morais, J. C. Zanuncio, and T. M. C. Della Lucia. 2015. Recognition and Aggression of conspecific and heterospecific worker in Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus (Forel) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology. 62:28-33. doi:sociobiology.v62i1.28-33 10.13102 sociobiology.v62i1.28-33
  • 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 186, queen described)