Aphaenogaster araneoides

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Aphaenogaster araneoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. araneoides
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster araneoides
Emery, 1890

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Specimen labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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Longino & Cover (2004) reported that queens are ergatoid.


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

  • araneoides. Aphaenogaster araneoides Emery, 1890b: 48, pl. 5, fig. f8 (w.) COSTA RICA.
    • Borgmeier, 1949: 206 (m.).
    • [Also described as new by Emery, 1894k: 54.]
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex): Forel, 1899c: 60.
    • Combination in Stenamma: Forel, 1907e: 4.
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma): Emery, 1915d: 71.



  • Borgmeier, T. 1949. Formigas novas ou pouco conhecidas de Costa Rica e da Argentina (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Biol. 9: 201-210 (page 206, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1890c. Studii sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 22: 38-80 (page 48, pl. 5, fig. f8 worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1894l. Estudios sobre las hormigas de Costa Rica. An. Mus. Nac. Costa Rica 1888- 1889: 45-64 (page 54, also described as new)
  • Emery, C. 1915k. Definizione del genere Aphaenogaster e partizione di esso in sottogeneri. Parapheidole e Novomessor nn. gg. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna Cl. Sci. Fis. (n.s.) 19: 67-75 (page 71, Combination in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma))
  • Forel, A. 1899e. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 57-80 (page 60, Combination in Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1907d. Formicides du Musée National Hongrois. Ann. Hist.-Nat. Mus. Natl. Hung. 5: 1-42 (page 4, Combination in Stenamma)
  • Longino, J. T. and Cover, S. 2004. A revision of the Aphaenogaster phalangium complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Zootaxa 655: 1-12 (page 9, senior synonym of brevicollis)
  • Mackay, W.P., Dash, S.T. 2016. A revision of the phalangium species complex of the ant genus Aphaenogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 142: 1-22.
  • McGlynn, T.P., Carr, R.A., Carson, J.H. and Buma, J. (2004) Frequent nest relocation in the ant Aphaenogaster araneoides: resources, competition, and natural enemies. Oikos. 106:611–621.