Aphaenogaster famelica

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Aphaenogaster famelica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. famelica
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster famelica
(Smith, F., 1874)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea, Russian Federation.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • famelica. Ischnomyrmex famelicus Smith, F. 1874: 405 (w.) JAPAN. Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 102 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953b: 60 (l.); Imai, 1966: 131 (k.). Combination in Aphaenogaster: Mayr, 1879: 669; in Stenamma (Ischnomyrmex): Forel, 1901h: 61; in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster): Wheeler, W.M. 1906c: 315; in Aphaenogaster: Emery, 1908c: 324; in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 57. See also: Imai, 1971: 137. Senior synonym of frontosa, ruida, vapida: Yamane, 1996: 113.
  • frontosa. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) famelica subsp. frontosa Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 104 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of famelica: Yamane, 1996: 113.
  • ruida. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) famelica subsp. ruida Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 104 (q.) JAPAN. Raised to species: Collingwood, 1976: 302. [Ogata, 1991b: 85, misspells the name as rudia and regards it as a subsp. of famelica. Collingwood's elevation to species retained: Bolton, 1995b: 71.] Junior synonym of famelica: Yamane, 1996: 113.
  • vapida. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) vapida Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 105 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of famelica: Yamane, 1996: 113.



  • n = 17, 2n = 34 (Japan) (Imai & Yosida, 1964; Imai, 1966; Imai, 1969; Imai, 1971).


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 69, catalogue)
  • Eguchi, K. 2003. A Study on the Male Genitalia of Some Asian Species of Pheidole (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae). Sociobiology 41(2): 317-355 (page 340, figs. 34A-C male genitalia described)
  • Emery, C. 1908d. Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. (Hym.) (Fortsetzung.) III. Die mit Aphaenogaster verwandte Gattungengruppe. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1908: 305-338 (page 324, combination in Aphaenogaster)
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 57, combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma))
  • Forel, A. 1901m. Formiciden des Naturhistorischen Museums zu Hamburg. Neue Calyptomyrmex-, Dacryon-, Podomyrma- und Echinopla-Arten. Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hambg. 18: 43-82 (page 61, combination in Stenamma (Ischnomyrmex))
  • Imai, H. T. 1966b. The chromosome observation techniques of ants and the chromosomes of Formicinae and Myrmicinae. Acta Hymenopterol. 2: 119-131 (page 131, karyotype described)
  • Imai, H. T. 1971. Karyological studies of Japanese ants II. Species differentiation in Aphaenogaster; with special regard to their morphology, distribution and chromosomes. Mushi 44: 137-151 (page 137, see also)
  • Mayr, G. 1879. Beiträge zur Ameisen-Fauna Asiens. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 28: 645-686 (page 669, combination in Aphaenogaster)
  • Smith, F. 1874b. Descriptions of new species of Tenthredinidae, Ichneumonidae, Chrysididae, Formicidae, &c. of Japan. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1874: 373-409 (page 405, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1953b. The ant larvae of the myrmicine tribe Pheidolini (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 55: 49-84 (page 60, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1906h. The ants of Japan. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 22: 301-328 (page 315, combination in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1928d. Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Japan and Korea. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 22: 96-125 (page 102, queen, male described)
  • Yamane, S. 1996. New synonymy in the genus Aphaenogaster Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Species Divers. 1: 111-115 (page 113, Senior synonym of frontosa, ruida and vapida)