Aphaenogaster phalangium

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Aphaenogaster phalangium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. phalangium
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster phalangium
Emery, 1890

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Neotropical Region: Colombia, Costa Rica (type locality), Honduras, Panama.

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

  • phalangium. Aphaenogaster phalangium Emery, 1890b: 47, pl. 5, figs. 6, 7 (w.m.) COSTA RICA.
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex): Forel, 1899c: 59; in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma): Emery, 1915d: 71. [Also described as new by Emery, 1894k: 54.] Senior synonym of canalis, inermis, nitidiventris: Longino & Cover, 2004: 10.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 72, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1890c. Studii sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 22: 38-80 (page 47, pl. 5, figs. 6, 7 worker, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1894l. Estudios sobre las hormigas de Costa Rica. An. Mus. Nac. Costa Rica 1888- 1889: 45-64 (page 54, also described as new)
  • Emery, C. 1915k. Definizione del genere Aphaenogaster e partizione di esso in sottogeneri. Parapheidole e Novomessor nn. gg. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna Cl. Sci. Fis. (n.s.) 19: 67-75 (page 71, combination in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma))
  • Forel, A. 1899e. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 57-80 (page 59, combination in Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex))
  • Longino, J. T. and Cover, S. 2004. A revision of the Aphaenogaster phalangium complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Zootaxa 655: 1-12 (page 6, senior synonym of inermis, nitidiventris, and canalis)
  • Mackay, W.P., Dash, S.T. 2016. A revision of the phalangium species complex of the ant genus Aphaenogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 142: 1-22.