Pseudomyrmex phyllophilus

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Pseudomyrmex phyllophilus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
Genus: Pseudomyrmex
Species: P. phyllophilus
Binomial name
Pseudomyrmex phyllophilus
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Schmid et al. (2014) found this ant nesting in infructescences (the stem and remains of buds and fruits above the level of the water reservoir in the rosette) of the bromeliad Vriesea friburgensis on Santa Catarina Island, Brazil, while Fernandes et al. (2018) found it commonly nesting in twigs within leaf litter.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • phyllophilus. Pseudomyrma phyllophila Smith, F. 1858b: 156 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Pseudomyrmex: Kempf, 1967c: 8. Senior synonym of mutica (and its junior synonym paulina): Kempf, 1967c: 8.
  • mutica. Pseudomyrma mutica Mayr, 1887: 627 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Combination in Pseudomyrmex: Kempf, 1960a: 7. Senior synonym of paulina: Kempf, 1961a: 386. Junior synonym of phyllophilus: Kempf, 1967c: 8. See also: Gallardo, 1932a: 58.
  • paulina. Pseudomyrma championi var. paulina Wheeler, W.M. 1916d: 324 (w.) BRAZIL. [First available use of Pseudomyrma championii subsp. haytiana var. paulina Forel, 1911c: 305; unavailable name (Ward, 1990: 487).] Junior synonym of mutica: Kempf, 1961a: 386.