Acromyrmex versicolor

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Acromyrmex versicolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Acromyrmex
Species: A. versicolor
Binomial name
Acromyrmex versicolor
(Pergande, 1893)

Acromyrmex versicolor castype00618 profile 1.jpg Acromyrmex versicolor castype00618 dorsal 1.jpg Specimen Label


This species nests in the soil, and forages in columns, collecting leaves and pieces of leaves ranging from mesquite (Prosopis spp.), Jatropha dioica, creosotebush (Larrea tridentata), buffalo gourd (Curcubita foetidissima) to composite seeds. Nests are large, with probably several thousand workers. Mating flights occur in the morning, and the females cooperate in the formation of the first nests. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)



This taxon was described from Mexico. It is also found in the United States.

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

  • versicolor. Atta versicolor Pergande, 1893: 31 (w.) MEXICO. Wheeler, W.M. 1907c: 704 (q.m.). Combination in Atta (Acromyrmex): Emery, 1895c: 330; in Atta (Moellerius): Emery, 1905c: 108; in Acromyrmex (Moellerius): Emery, 1924d: 351. See also: Fowler, 1988: 291. Current subspecies: nominal plus chisosensis.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 57, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1895d. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamerikanischen Ameisenfauna. (Schluss). Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 257-360 (page 330, Combination in Atta (Acromyrmex))
  • Emery, C. 1905f. Revisione delle specie del genere Atta appartenenti ai sottogeneri Moellerius e Acromyrmex. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (6)2:39-54 (page 108, Combination in Atta (Moellerius))
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 351, Combination in Acromyrmex (Moellerius))
  • Fowler, H. G. 1988b. Taxa of the neotropical grass-cutting ants, Acromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Attini). Científica (Jaboticabal) 16: 281-295 (page 291, see also)
  • MacKay, W.P. & MacKay, E.E. 2002. The Ants of New Mexico: 400 pp. Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, N.Y.
  • Pergande, T. 1893. On a collection of Formicidae from Lower California and Sonora, Mexico. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (2) 4: 26-36 (page 31, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1907d. The fungus-growing ants of North America. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 23: 669-807 (page 704, queen, male described)
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