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.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -13.583° to -17.3°.

Tropical South

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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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Known only from the worker caste.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • samoanus. Adelomyrmex (Arctomyrmex) samoanus Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 77, fig. 62 (w.) SAMOA (Upolu I., Savai’i I., Tutuila I.).
    • Status as species: Dlussky, 1994: 55; Bolton, 1995b: 58; Fernández, 2003b: 27 (redescription); Wetterer & Vargo, 2003: 416; Sarnat & Economo, 2012: 71.

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)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Dlussky G.M. 1994. Zoogeography of southwestern Oceania. Zhivotnoe naselenie ostrovov Iugo-Zapadnoi Okeanii ekologo-geograficheskie issledovanii 48-93.
  • Fernández, F. 2003. Revision of the myrmicinae ants of the Adelomyrmex genus-group. Zootaxa 361: 1-52.
  • Kami K.S., and S. E. Miller. 1998. Samoan insects and related arthropods: checklist and bibliography. Bishop Museum Technical Report 13, pp 121.
  • Kami KS & Miller SE. 1998. Samoan insects and related arthropods: checklist and bibliography. Bishop Museum Technical Report No. 13.
  • Sarnat Eli M. 2009. The Ants [Hymenoptera: Formicdiae] of Fiji: Systematics, Biogeography and Conservation of an Island Arc Fauna. 80-252
  • Wetterer, James K. and Vargo, Donald Vargo L. 2003. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Samoa. Pacific Science. 57(4):409-419.
  • Wilson E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pacific Insects Monograph 14:1-109.
  • Wilson EO, Taylor RW. 1967. The ants of Polynesia. Pacific Insects Monograph 14:1-109.
  • Wilson, Edward O. and George L. Hunt. 1967. Ant Fauna of Futuna and Wallis Islands, Stepping Stones To Polynesia. Pacific Insects. 9(4):563-584.
  • Wilson, Edward O. and Hunt, George L. Jr. 1967. Ant Fauna of Futuna and Wallis Islands, Stepping Stones to Polynesia. Pacific Insects. 9(4):563-584