Amblyopone ferruginea

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Amblyopone ferruginea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Amblyopone
Species: A. ferruginea
Binomial name
Amblyopone ferruginea
Smith, F., 1858

Stigmatomma ferrugineum side view

Stigmatomma ferrugineum top view

Specimen labels


Photo Gallery

  • Amblyopone ferruginea with mite. Blackburn Lake, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Nick Porch.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -37.63333893° to -37.95°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.







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

  • ferruginea. Amblyopone ferruginea Smith, F. 1858b: 110 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: 2 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Melbourne, 56/120 (Merry Merry Creek) (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • André, 1896b: 261 (q.).
    • Combination in Stigmatomma: Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012a: 19;
    • combination in Amblyopone: Ward & Fisher, 2016: 691.
    • Status as species: Roger, 1861a: 49; Roger, 1863b: 20; Mayr, 1863: 394; Mayr, 1886c: 359; Dalla Torre, 1893: 13; André, 1896b: 261; Emery, 1911d: 26; Poulton & Crawley, 1922: 120; Clark, 1925b: 138; Wheeler, W.M. 1927c: 20 (redescription); Brown, 1952i: 265; Brown, 1960a: 168, 206; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 19; Taylor, 1987a: 6; Bolton, 1995b: 62.
    • Senior synonym of mandibularis: Brown, 1952i: 265; Brown, 1960a: 168; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 19; Taylor, 1987a: 6; Bolton, 1995b: 62.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • mandibularis. Amblyopone mandibularis Clark, 1928a: 33, pl. 1, figs. 12-15 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “a small colony”).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Victoria, Belgrave (F.E. Wilson).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Junior synonym of ferruginea: Brown, 1952i: 265; Brown, 1960a: 168; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 19; Taylor, 1987a: 6; Bolton, 1995b: 62.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Amblyopone ferruginea

Two worker syntypes in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “Melbourne,” and “56/120.” Acc. Reg.: “1856 no. 120 (Sept 26). Melbourne. Merry Merry Creek. Bought of Stevens.”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History has a worker from Adelaide, not type-material.



  • André, E. 1896b. Liste des Hyménoptères appartenant aux familles des Formicides et des Mutillides recueillis au Siam et au Cambodge et offerts au Muséum par M. Pavie. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. 2: 261-262 (page 261, queen described)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. (1952). The status of some Australian Amblyopone species (Hym.: Formicidae). Entomological News, 63: 265–267.
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1960a. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. III. Tribe Amblyoponini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 122: 143-230 (page 206, see also)
  • Clark, J. (1928). 4.- Australian Formicidae. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 14: 29–41.
  • Smith, F. (1858). Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 6. Formicidae. London : British Museum. pp. 1–216.
  • Ward, P.S. & Fisher, B.L. 2016. Tales of dracula ants: the evolutionary history of the ant subfamily Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology, 41, 683–693 (doi:10.1111/syen.12186).
  • Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. 2012. A revision of male ants of the Malagasy Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with resurrections of the genera Stigmatomma and Xymmer. PLoS ONE 7(3):e33325 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033325).