Cheliomyrmex megalonyx

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Cheliomyrmex megalonyx
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Tribe: Cheliomyrmecini
Genus: Cheliomyrmex
Species: C. megalonyx
Binomial name
Cheliomyrmex megalonyx
Wheeler, W.M., 1921

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Specimen labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 21.26666667° to -64.36°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: French Guiana, Guyana (type locality), Suriname, Venezuela.

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.

  • megalonyx. Cheliomyrmex megalonyx Wheeler, W.M. 1921d: 322, figs. 5b, 9d-f, 10 (s.w.m.) GUYANA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (major + minor), syntype males (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: Guyana (“British Guiana”): Kartabo, 21 and 31.viii.1920 (W.M. Wheeler).
    • Type-depositories: MCZC, MZSP, NHMB.
    • Wheeler, G.C. 1943: 320 (l.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1984: 267 (l.).
    • Status as species: Borgmeier, 1955: 67 (redescription); Kempf, 1972a: 77; Watkins, 1976: 7 (in key); Brandão, 1991: 337; Bolton, 1995b: 145.
    • Distribution: Guyana, Venezuela.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borgmeier T. 1936. Sobre algumas formigas dos generos Eciton e Cheliomyrmex (Hym. Formicidae). Archivos do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal (Rio de Janeiro) 3: 51-68.
  • Borgmeier T. 1955. Die Wanderameisen der neotropischen Region. Studia Entomologica 3: 1-720.
  • Borgmeier T. 1957. Die Maxillar- und Labialtaster der neotropischen Dorylinen (Hym. Formicidae). Revista Brasileira de Biologia 17: 387-394.
  • Brandao, C.R.F. 1991. Adendos ao catalogo abreviado das formigas da regiao neotropical (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 35: 319-412.
  • Fernandes I. O., J. L. P. Souza, F. Fernandez, J. H. C. Delabie, and T. R. Schultz. 2015. New records of the Dorylinae ant genus Cheliomyrmex for the Brazilian Amazon Basin. Sociobiology 62(1): 128-131.
  • Fernandes I., and J. de Souza. 2018. Dataset of long-term monitoring of ground-dwelling ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the influence areas of a hydroelectric power plant on the Madeira River in the Amazon Basin. Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e24375.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Lattke J. E., M. Kaspari, S. O’Donnell, and S. Powell. 2007. Las hormigas ecitoninas de Venezuela (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ecitoninae): elenco preliminar. Entomotropica Vol. 22(3): 153-170.
  • Watkins J. F., II 1976. The identification and distribution of New World army ants (Dorylinae: Formicidae). Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 102 pp
  • Wheeler G. C. 1943. The larvae of the army ants. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 36: 319-332.