Myrmothrix

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Myrmothrix
Camponotus atriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmothrix
Forel, 1912
Type species
Formica abdominalis, now Camponotus atriceps

Camponotus atriceps casent0178616 profile 1.jpg

Camponotus atriceps casent0178616 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

Bristly Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis: Emery (1925): - "Worker and queen. - Large or medium species; body form that of Tanaemyrmex. Head of minors with form Alpha; head of majors large, generally with sides more-or-less rounded. Mesosomal dorsum continuous (uninterrupted by impressions). Cuticle generally with bristly hairs, especially in workers, with long yellow or red setae; legs and scapes with finer setae, but also abundant, oblique; tibiae without bristles on ventral surface. Male. - Like Tanaemyrmex; scapes and tibiae without standing setae.

Geographical distribution of species. - North America through the north of Argentina; absent in Chile."

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 17 February 2017.)

Myrmothrix is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.

Nomenclature

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

  • MYRMOTHRIX [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmothrix Forel, 1912i: 91 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Formica abdominalis (junior primary homonym; Formica atriceps first available replacement name), by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1913a: 81.
    • [Type-species not Formica rufipes, unjustified subsequent designation by Forel, 1914a: 260.]

References

  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 115, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 236, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 107, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 91, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus [Type-species not Formica rufipes, unjustified subsequent designation by Forel, 1914a: 260.] )
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 260, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Myrmothrix as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1913a. Corrections and additions to "List of type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae". Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 23: 77-83 (page 81, Type-species: Formica abdominalis (junior primary homonym; Formica atriceps is first available replacement name), by subsequent designation)