Myrmecocystus melliger orbiceps

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Myrmecocystus melliger orbiceps
Scientific classification (junior synonym of Myrmecocystus mendax)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Myrmecocystus
Species: Myrmecocystus melliger orbiceps
Wheeler, W.M., 1908

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Myrmecocystus mendax.


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

  • orbiceps. Myrmecocystus melliger subsp. orbiceps Wheeler, W.M. 1908d: 349, fig. 3 (w.q.) U.S.A. Junior synonym of melliger: Creighton & Crandall, 1954: 2; of placodops: Snelling, R.R. 1969a: 6; of mendax: Snelling, R.R. 1976: 35.


  • Creighton, W. S.; Crandall, R. H. 1954. New data on the habits of Myrmecocystus melliger Forel. Biol. Rev. (City Coll. N. Y.) 16: 2-6 (page 2, as a junior synonym of melliger)
  • Snelling, R. R. 1969b. Taxonomic notes on the Myrmecocystus melliger complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Contr. Sci. (Los Angel.) 170: 1-9 (page 6, Junior synonym of placodops)
  • Snelling, R. R. 1976. A revision of the honey ants, genus Myrmecocystus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angel. Cty. Sci. Bull. 24: 1-163 (page 35, Junior synonym of mendax)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1908g. Honey ants, with a revision of the American Myrmecocysti. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 24: 345-397 (page 349, fig. 3 worker, queen, male described)