Aphaenogaster bressleri

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Aphaenogaster bressleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species group: swammerdami
Species: A. bressleri
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster bressleri
Csősz & Fisher, 2021
Evolutionary Relationships
Other Aphaenogaster


Aphaenogaster makay



Aphaenogaster swammerdami





Aphaenogaster bressleri




Aphaenogaster gonacantha



Aphaenogaster sahafina





Bayesian phylogeny of Malagasy Aphaenogaster based on COI sequences, from on Csosz et al., 2021.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Mimicry

Within Madagascar, there are four species of Camponotus, Camponotus imitator, Camponotus jodina, Camponotus karaha and Camponotus longicollis, that mimic the general form and behavior of the Aphaenogaster swammerdami group, specifically Aphaenogaster bressleri, Aphaenogaster gonacantha, Aphaenogaster makay, Aphaenogaster sahafina and Aphaenogaster swammerdami. These Camponotus mimics are often seen foraging with workers of Aphaenogaster, but potential benefits for Camponotus have not been studied (Csosz et al., 2021).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • bressleri. Aphaenogaster bressleri Csősz & Fisher, in Csősz et al., 2021: 15, figs. 8A-C (w.) MADAGASCAR.

Description

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