Adelomyrmex samoanus

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Adelomyrmex samoanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Adelomyrmex
Species: A. samoanus
Binomial name
Adelomyrmex samoanus
Wilson & Taylor, 1967

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Specimen Labels


Fernández (2003) - Adelomyrmex samoanus can be separated from other species by the sculpturing of the body (head sub-opaque with longitudinal rugulae, smooth pronotum with few and weak rugulae), mesosomal configuration, and the pilosity (reclining on the head, erect on the rest of the body). This species is known solely from Western Samoa.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: American Samoa, Samoa (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.



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

  • samoanus. Adelomyrmex (Arctomyrmex) samoanus Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 77, fig. 62 (w.) SAMOA. See also: Fernández, 2003b: 27.

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



Fernández (2003) - Measurements (Paratype). HL 0.51 HW 0.41 SL 0.29 EL 0.04 WL 0.50 GL 0.59 TL 1.94 CI 80 SI 71.

Mandibles with 5 teeth, the basal distanced from sub-basal. Hypostomal tooth very small. Eyes poorly impressed with about 4 ommatidia, ill defined. Promesonotum slightly convex. Metanotal groove broad, well impressed. Propodeal dorsum short, flat, then sloping in the declivity face. Propodeal spines triangular. Propodeal lobes rounded. Petiole subtriangular, peduncle very short. Postpetiole ventrally with two transverse carinae. U-shaped trench of first tergum deep. Dorsum of head with longitudinal rugulae. Promesonotum smooth, feebly shining, with a few irregular feeble rugulae. Metanotal groove with short rugulae. Declivity face of propodeum smooth with two medial transverse carinae. Sides of mesosoma with few irregular rugulae. Sides of petiole with transverse rugulae. Pilosity recostated on head, erect and scattered on promesonotum, petiole and gaster. Body brown, appendages lighter.

Type Material

Fernández (2003) - SAMOA: 3 paratype w, West Samoa, Poutasi S., Upola, in leaf mould, rain forest, 2.ii.1956, T.E. Woodward leg. (Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Insect Collection, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales).


  • Fernández, F. 2003b. Revision of the myrmicine ants of the Adelomyrmex genus-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 361: 1-52 (page 27, figs. 68, 76 worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967b. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pac. Insects Monogr. 14: 1-109 (page 77, fig. 62 worker described)