Strumigenys xenos

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Strumigenys xenos
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. xenos
Binomial name
Strumigenys xenos
Brown, 1955

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Specimen labels

Bolton (2000) - This species is a workerless inquiline in nests of Strumigenys perplexa in both Australia (New South Wales and Victoria) and New Zealand (Taylor 1968). What is known of the inquiline’s biology is summarised by Brown (1955).

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  



Bolton (2000) - A member of the signeae complex in the Strumigenys godeffroyi-group. Differentiation of Strumigenys perplexa and xenos queens is outlined in both Brown (1955) and Taylor (l968a).


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality), New Zealand.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • xenos. Strumigenys xenos Brown, 1955h: 182 (q.) AUSTRALIA. See also: Bolton, 2000: 971.

Type Material

  • Holotype, queen, lower slopes of the Warburton Range, just above Warburton, Victoria, 400m, Australia, 9 January 1951, W.L. Brown, Museum of Comparative Zoology; in nest of Strumigenys perplexa in rotten log.
  • Paratype, 1 queen, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia, 22 August 1951, W.L. Brown, South Australian Museum; under rock.



  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 971, catalogue)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1955h. The first social parasite in the ant tribe Dacetini. Insectes Soc. 2: 181-186 (page 182, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 1968. The Australian workerless inquiline ant, Strumigenys xenos Brown (Hymenoptera - Formicidae) recorded from New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 4(1): 47-49