Aphaenogaster mexicana

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Aphaenogaster mexicana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. mexicana
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster mexicana
(Pergande, 1896)

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Specimen labels


Aphaenogaster mexicana is rarely collected, but can be distinguished from other species in North America due to the head being narrowed posteriorly into a neck with a collar. The antennal scapes pass the occipital margin by one-half the length of the scape. (DeMarco, 2015)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

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.

  • mexicana. Ischnomyrmex mexicanum Pergande, 1896: 893 (w.) MEXICO (Nayarit).
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex): Forel, 1899c: 60;
    • combination in Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma): Emery, 1915d: 71.
    • Status as species: Forel, 1899c: 60; Emery, 1915d: 71; Emery, 1921f: 65; Kempf, 1972a: 23; Bolton, 1995b: 71; Mackay & Dash, 2016: 8; Mackay & Mackay, 2017: 306 (redescription).



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2944
  • Fernandes, P.R. XXXX. Los hormigas del suelo en Mexico: Diversidad, distribucion e importancia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Pergande, T. 1895. Mexican Formicidae. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences Ser. 2 :850-896
  • Vasquez-Bolanos M. 2011. Checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Mexico. Dugesiana 18(1): 95-133.
  • Villalvazo-Palacios M., J. F. Pérez-Domínguez, & M. Vásquez-Bolaños. 2014. New record of Aphaenogaster punctaticeps Mackay, 1989 for Mexico and first record of Aphaenogaster mexicana (Pergande, 1896) for Jalisco state (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Acta Zoológica Mexicana, 30(2): 431-433.
  • Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133