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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Myrmetaerus
Soudek, 1925
Type species
Myrmetaerus microcellatus (junior synonym of Temnothorax gordiagini)

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Specimen Labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Temnothorax.


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

  • MYRMETAERUS [junior synonym of Myrmoxenus]
    • Myrmetaerus Soudek, 1925a: 33. Type-species: Myrmetaerus microcellatus (junior synonym of Myrmoxenus gordiagini), by monotypy.
    • [Myrmetaerus also described as new by Soudek, 1925b: 14.]
    • Myrmetaerus junior synonym of Camponotus: Snelling, R.R. 1981: 404 (error).
    • Myrmoxenus junior synonym of Epimyrma: Bolton, 1994: 105.
    • Myrmetaerus junior synonym of Myrmoxenus: Buschinger, Winter & Faber, 1984: 336; Bolton, 2003: 248.


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 105, Myrmoxenus junior synonym of Epimyrma)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 249, Myrmetaerus as junior synonym of Myrmoxenus; in Myrmicinae, Formicoxenini)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, viii + 350 pp. (page 182, Myrmetaerus as junior synonym of Leptothorax (provisional))
  • Buschinger, A.; Winter, U.; Faber, W. 1984 [1983]. The biology of Myrmoxenus gordiagini Ruzsky, a slave-making ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 90: 335-342 (page 336, Myrmetaerus as junior synonym of Myrmoxenus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 667, Myrmetaerus in Myrmicinae, Leptothoracini)
  • Snelling, R. R. 1981. Systematics of social Hymenoptera. Pp. 369-453 in: Hermann, H. R. (ed.) Social insects. Volume 2. New York: Academic Press, xiii + 491 pp. (page 404, Myrmetaerus as junior synonym of Camponotus (error))
  • Soudek, S. 1925a. Four new European ants. Entomol. Rec. J. Var. 37: 33-37 (page 33, Myrmetaerus as genus)
  • Soudek, S. 1925b. Dalmatstí mravenci (Formicidae). Cas. Cesk. Spol. Entomol. 22: 12-17 (page 14, Myrmetaerus also described as new)