Amblyopone ferruginea

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Amblyopone ferruginea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Amblyopone
Species: A. ferruginea
Binomial name
Amblyopone ferruginea
Smith, F., 1858

Stigmatomma ferrugineum side view

Stigmatomma ferrugineum top view

Specimen labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • ferruginea. Amblyopone ferruginea Smith, F. 1858b: 110 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
    • André, 1896b: 261 (q.).
    • Combination in Stigmatomma: Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012: 19.
    • Combination in Amblyopone: Ward & Fisher, 2016: 691.
    • Senior synonym of mandibularis: Brown, 1952i: 265.
    • See also: Brown, 1960a: 206.
  • mandibularis. Amblyopone mandibularis Clark, 1928a: 33, pl. 1, figs. 12-15 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
    • Junior synonym of ferruginea: Brown, 1952i: 265.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Amblyopone ferruginea

Two worker syntypes in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “Melbourne,” and “56/120.” Acc. Reg.: “1856 no. 120 (Sept 26). Melbourne. Merry Merry Creek. Bought of Stevens.”

Oxford University Museum of Natural History has a worker from Adelaide, not type-material.



  • André, E. 1896b. Liste des Hyménoptères appartenant aux familles des Formicides et des Mutillides recueillis au Siam et au Cambodge et offerts au Muséum par M. Pavie. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. 2: 261-262 (page 261, queen described)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. (1952). The status of some Australian Amblyopone species (Hym.: Formicidae). Entomological News, 63: 265–267.
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1960a. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. III. Tribe Amblyoponini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 122: 143-230 (page 206, see also)
  • Clark, J. (1928). 4.- Australian Formicidae. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 14: 29–41.
  • Smith, F. (1858). Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 6. Formicidae. London : British Museum. pp. 1–216.
  • Ward, P.S. & Fisher, B.L. 2016. Tales of dracula ants: the evolutionary history of the ant subfamily Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology, 41, 683–693 (doi:10.1111/syen.12186).
  • Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. 2012. A revision of male ants of the Malagasy Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with resurrections of the genera Stigmatomma and Xymmer. PLoS ONE 7(3):e33325 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033325).