Basiceros singularis

AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Basiceros singularis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Basiceros
Species: B. singularis
Binomial name
Basiceros singularis
(Smith, F., 1858)

Basiceros singularis casent0900940 p 1 high.jpg

Basiceros singularis casent0900940 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels

Evolutionary Relationships

Basiceros sp.n.A

Basiceros convexiceps

Basiceros manni

Basiceros singularis

Basiceros scambognathus

Basiceros conjugans

Basiceros disciger

Basiceros militaris

Based on Probst, R.S., Wray, B.D., Moreau, M.S. and Brandão CRF. 2019. A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Dirt Ants, Basiceros (Formicidae: Myrmicinae): Inferring Life Histories Through Morphological Convergence. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3(4): 1–12.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 10.73333333° to -20.833333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb


observed preying on gastropods (Probst et al. 2019)



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

  • singularis. Meranoplus singularis Smith, F. 1858b: 195, pl. 13, figs. 6-10 (w.q.) BRAZIL (Amazonas).
    • Type-material: lectotype worker (by designation of Brown & Kempf, 1960: 175).
    • [Note: q. excluded from type-series by Brown & Kempf, 1960: 169, 175.]
    • Type-locality: no locality given.
    • [Note: in Smith’s, 1860c: 78 redescription of the species he gives “Hab. Ega (Brazil)”, accepted as type-locality by Brown & Kempf, 1960: 175; Brazil: Amazonas, Ega (= Tefé).]
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Wheeler, W.M. 1916c: 9 (q.); Brown, 1974c: 140 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1980: 537 (l.).
    • Combination in Ceratobasis: Smith, F. 1860c: 78;
    • combination in Basiceros: Wheeler, W.M. 1916c: 9.
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1860c: 78 (redescription); Smith, F. 1862d: 415; Mayr, 1863: 403; Roger, 1863b: 40; Mayr, 1887: 581; Dalla Torre, 1893: 148; Forel, 1895b: 136; Forel, 1911e: 263; Wheeler, W.M. 1916c: 9; Emery, 1924d: 328; Borgmeier, 1927c: 120; Brown, 1949f: 88; Weber, 1950c: 5; Brown & Kempf, 1960: 175 (redescription); Kempf, 1972a: 36; Brown, 1974c: 138; Brandão, 1991: 330; Bolton, 1995b: 80; Feitosa, et al. 2007: 19 (in key); Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 115; Fernández & Serna, 2019: 844.
    • Distribution: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Peru, Trinidad.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brandao, C.R.F. 1991. Adendos ao catalogo abreviado das formigas da regiao neotropical (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 35: 319-412.
  • Brown W. L. J. 1974. A supplement to the revision of the ant genus Basiceros (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 82: 131-140.
  • Brown W. L., Jr., and W. W. Kempf. 1960. A world revision of the ant tribe Basicerotini. Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 3: 161-250.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Gibernau M., J. Orivel, J. H. C. Delabie, D. Barabe, and A. Dejean. 2007. An asymmetrical relationship between an arboreal ponerine ant and a trash-basket epiphyte (Araceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 91: 341-346.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Medina U. C. A., F. Fernandez, and M. G. Andrade-C. 2010. Insectos: escarabajos coprofagos, hormigas y mariposas. Capitulo 6. Pp 197-215. En: Lasso, C. A., J. S. Usma, F. Trujillo y A. Rial (eds.). 2010. Biodiversidad de la cuenca del Orinoco: bases científicas para la identificación de áreas prioritarias para la conservación y uso sostenible de la biodiversidad. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, WWF Colombia, Fundación Omacha, Fundación La Salle e Instituto de Estudios de la Orinoquia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). Bogotá, D. C., Colombia.
  • Probst R. S., B. D. Wray, C. S. Moreau, and C. R. F. Brandao. 2019. A phylogenetic analysis of the dirt ants, Basiceros (Formicidae: Myrmicinae): inferring life histories through morphological convergence. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3(4): 1–12.
  • Probst da Silva R. 2015. Revisao taxonomica e analise filogenetica de Basiceros Schulz, 1906 (Formicidae, Myrmicinae, Basicerotini). Master Thesis Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo. 263 pages.
  • Weber N. A. 1950. New Trinidad Myrmicinae, with a note on Basiceros Schulz (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Am. Mus. Novit. 1465: 1-6.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1916. Ants collected in British Guiana by the expedition of the American Museum of Natural History during 1911. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 35: 1-14.