Wasmannia villosa

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Wasmannia villosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Wasmannia
Species: W. villosa
Binomial name
Wasmannia villosa
Emery, 1894

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Specimen Labels

Longino & Fernández (2007) - Emery described this single queen from Rio Grande do Sul. He distinguished it from other species by the long, abundant, appressed pilosity; robust dentiform propodeal spine; and transverse petiolar node. We have not examined this specimen, but the description sets it apart from any Wasmannia queen with which we are familiar. However, its status as a species of Wasmannia is not assured. It would not surprise us if it were revealed to be an attine queen or a member of some other myrmicine genus.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • villosa. Wasmannia villosa Emery, 1894c: 194 (q.) BRAZIL.



  • Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 194, queen described)
  • Longino, J.T. & Fernández, F. 2007. Taxonomic review of the genus Wasmannia (pp. 271-289). In Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 690 pp. PDF

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Siqueira de Castro F., A. B. Gontijo, P. de Tarso Amorim Castro, and S. Pontes Ribeiro. 2012. Annual and Seasonal Changes in the Structure of Litter-Dwelling Ant Assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Atlantic Semideciduous Forests. Psyche doi:10.1155/2012/959715
  • Siqueira de Castro F., A. B. Gontijo, W. Duarte da Rocha, and S. Pontes Ribeiro. 2011. As comunidades de formigas de serapilheira nas florestas semidecíduas do Parque Estadual do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais. MG.BIOTA, Belo Horizonte 3(5): 5-24.