Eciton burchellii foreli

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Eciton burchellii foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Eciton
Species: E. burchellii
Subspecies: E. burchellii foreli
Trinomial name
Eciton burchellii foreli
Mayr, 1886




von Beeren et al. (2018) found the Wasmannian mimic rove-beetles Ecitophya simulans, Ecitomorpha cf. breviceps, and Ecitomorpha cf. nevermanni in colonies of this species in La Selva biological station in Costa Rica. An analysis of cuticular hydrocarbons showed both the ants and beetles had similar CHC profiles. Laboratory behavioral assays showed the beetles sought contact with host ants and often engaged in reciprocal grooming behavior with workers.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • foreli. Eciton foreli Mayr, 1886b: 116 (diagnosis in key) (s.w.) PANAMA. Borgmeier, 1936: 154 (q.). Junior synonym of burchellii: Emery, 1896g: 39. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of burchellii: Santschi, 1925d: 222; Borgmeier, 1936: 54. Senior synonym of viator: Borgmeier, 1936: 54. See also: Borgmeier, 1955: 188.
  • viator. Eciton burchelli var. viator Santschi, 1925d: 221 (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Junior synonym of foreli: Borgmeier, 1936: 54.



  • Borgmeier, T. 1936b. Sobre algumas formigas dos generos Eciton e Cheliomyrmex (Hym. Formicidae). Arch. Inst. Biol. Veg. (Rio J.) 3: 51-68 (page 154?, queen described; page 54, Revived from synonymy as variety/subspecies of burchellii, Senior synonym of viator)
  • Borgmeier, T. 1955. Die Wanderameisen der neotropischen Region. Stud. Entomol. 3: 1-720 (page 188, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1896g. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XVII-XXV. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 28: 33-107 (page 39, Junior synonym of burchellii)
  • Mayr, G. 1886b. Ueber Eciton-Labidus. (Schluss). Wien. Entomol. Ztg. 5: 115-122 (page 116, (diagnosis in key) soldier, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1925d. Nouveaux Formicides brésiliens et autres. Bull. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 65: 221-247 (page 222, Revived from synonymy as variety/subspecies of burchellii)
  • von Beeren, C., A. Bruckner, M. Maruyama, G. Burke, J. Wieschollek, and D. J. C. Kronauer. 2018. Chemical and behavioral integration of army ant-associated rove beetles - a comparison between specialists and generalists. Frontiers in Zoology. 15:15. doi:10.1186/s12983-018-0249-x