Aphaenogaster makay

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Aphaenogaster makay
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species group: swammerdami
Species: A. makay
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster makay
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.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (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.




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).



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

  • makay. Aphaenogaster makay Csősz & Fisher, in Csősz et al., 2021: 22, figs. 10A-C (w) MADAGASCAR.