Ectomomyrmex javanus

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Ectomomyrmex javanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Ectomomyrmex
Species: E. javanus
Binomial name
Ectomomyrmex javanus
Mayr, 1867

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), Philippines.
Oriental Region: Cambodia, India, Taiwan.
Palaearctic Region: China, Japan, Republic of Korea.

Japan (Kyushu (southern part), Tsushima I., Nansei Is).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species nests under stones at forest margins. Workers may be found foraging individually on the ground; they do not form trails, and are able to sting painfully.



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

  • javana. Ectomomyrmex javanus Mayr, 1867a: 84, pl. 2, fig. 9 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Java). Ogata, 1987: 113 (m.). Combination in Pachycondyla (Ectomomyrmex): Emery, 1900d: 667; in Ectomomyrmex: Bingham, 1903: 86; Wheeler, W.M. 1921c: 530; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 306; in Ectomomyrmex: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 193. Senior synonym of cambodjana, denticeps, horni, japonica, maternus, sundaicus, tonkina: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94. See also: Bingham, 1903: 87.
  • sundaicus. Ectomomyrmex sundaicus Mayr, 1867a: 85 (q.) INDONESIA (Java). Junior synonym of astuta: Bingham, 1903: 86; of javana: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94.
  • maternus. Ectomomyrmex javanus r. maternus Forel, 1900d: 321 (diagnosis in key) (w.) INDIA. Forel, 1922: 90 (q.). Combination in Pachycondyla (Ectomomyrmex): Emery, 1901a: 46. Raised to species: Bingham, 1903: 87. Subspecies of javana: Emery, 1911d: 79; Wheeler, W.M. 1913e: 233; Forel, 1922: 90. Junior synonym of javana: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94.
  • japonica. Pachycondyla (Ectomomyrmex) japonica Emery, 1902c: 31 (w.) JAPAN. Teranishi, 1940: 6 (m.). Combination in Ectomomyrmex: Santschi, 1925f: 82. Junior synonym of javana: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94.
  • cambodjana. Pachycondyla (Ectomomyrmex) astuta subsp. cambodjana Forel, 1911e: 253 (w.) CAMBODIA. Junior synonym of javana: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94.
  • denticeps. Ectomomyrmex denticeps Wheeler, W.M. 1929g: 32, fig. 2 (w.) TAIWAN. Junior synonym of javana: Yasumatsu, 1962: 94.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Wheeler (1929) for Ectomomyrmex denticeps - Length nearly 8 mm.

Head as broad as long, subrectangular, slightly narrower in front than behind, with somewhat convex sides, feebly excised posterior border and concave, truncated occipital surface, flattened towards the lateral borders which are distinctly though not sharply ridged. Each of the postero-inferior angle is produced as a distinct but rather blunt tooth. Eyes well-developed, nearly as long as their distance from the clypeus, with about 15 facets in their greatest diameter and situated at the anterior fourth of the head. Mandibles rather long and narrow, with distinctly concave external borders, the apical borders broad, with seven subequal basal and three larger apical teeth. Clypeus short but not carinate in the middle behind, somewhat depressed laterally, its anterior border sinuately emarginate in the middle. Antennal scapes curved, reaching to the posterior corners of the head; funiculus distinctly thickened apically, all its joints longer than broad, the three basal subequal, nearly 1 1/2 times as long as broad, the penultimate joints shorter. Pronotum rather convex, neither flattened nor marginate on the sides, slightly broader than long, its inferior corners rectangular but not dentate; promesonotal suture very distinct, strongly impressed; mesoepinotal suture indistinct dorsally; mesonotum and base of epinotum in profile straight and horizontal above, their sides scarcely compressed, the epinotal declivity sloping and somewhat longer than the base, crenulately marginate on the sides, the median surface distinctly concave. Petiole twice as high as long, the scale seen from behind narrowed below, broadly rounded above and with the middle of the superior border feebly angulate in the middle; the anterior surface flattened but convex in profile, with rather sharp lateral borders. Postpetiole broader than long, its anterior portion perpendicularly truncated and clearly marginate above. First gastric segment scarcely broader than the postpetiole, 1 1/2 times as broad as the petiole. Legs rather slender.

Subopaque; postpetiole and gaster more shining. Mandibles finely and regularly longitudinally striate. Clypeus obscurely punctate-rugulose. Upper surface and sides of head longitudinally rugulose, the rugules on the front regularly diverging to the posterior ends of the lateral keels. Truncated occiptal surface shining, with diverging and laterally descending rugae. Thorax longitudinally rugulose, except the upper surface of the pronotum which is transversely and arcuately rugulose. The rugules are fine on the mesonotum, coarser and sinuate on the sides of the epinotum; declivous surface of latter with sharp, regular and transversely arcuate rugre, which are concave dorsally. Anterior and posterior surfaces of petiolar scale transversely rugulose, the latter more finely than the former, with the rugules arcuate and curved upward rather strongly on the sides. Petiole and gaster very finely and superficially punctulate. Antennal scapes and legs, including the coxae, coarsely and densely reticulate-punctate, the scapes more scabrous and more opaque.

Hairs yellow, short, erect and rather coarse, very uneven, longest on the mandibles, gula and tip of abdomen, very short on the head, more numerous and conspicuous on the thoracic dorsum and petiolar border; scattered on the legs. Pubescence long, and subappressed but not very dense, finer on the appendages, poorly developed on the thorax.

Black; mandibles, borders of frontal carinae, antennae, legs and posterior borders of postpetiolar and gastric segments, dark red; median portions of scapes and femora and bases of coxae black.


  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 86, Combination in Ectomomyrmex; page 87, see also)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 306, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Emery, C. 1900c. Formiche raccolte da Elio Modigliani in Sumatra, Engano e Mentawei. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 40[=(2(20): 661-688 (page 667, Combination in Pachycondyla (Ectomomyrmex))
  • Mayr, G. 1867a. Adnotationes in monographiam formicidarum Indo-Neerlandicarum. Tijdschr. Entomol. 10: 33-117 (page 84, pl.2, fig. 9 worker, queen)
  • Ogata, K. 1987a. A generic synopsis of the poneroid complex of the family Formicidae in Japan (Hymenoptera). Part 1. Subfamilies Ponerinae and Cerapachyinae. Esakia 25: 97-132 (page 113, male described)
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1921c. Chinese ants. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 64: 529-547 (page 530, Combination in Ectomomyrmex)
  • Yasumatsu, K. 1962. Notes on synonymies of five ants widely spread in the Orient (Hym.: Formicidae). Mushi 36: 93-97 (page 94, Senior synonym of cambodjana, denticeps, horni, japonica, maternus, sundaicus and tonkina)