Eciton vagans

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Eciton vagans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Eciton
Species: E. vagans
Binomial name
Eciton vagans
(Olivier, 1792)

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Specimen labels

Subspecies
Synonyms
Evolutionary Relationships
Eciton


Eciton dulcium





Eciton vagans




Eciton quadriglume



Eciton rapax








Eciton mexicanum




Eciton lucanoides




Eciton burchellii




Eciton drepanophorum



Eciton hamatum







Based on Winston et al., 2016. The species Eciton jansoni, Eciton quadriglume, Eciton setigaster and Eciton uncinatum were not included in this study.


Photo Gallery

  • Two Eciton vagans army ants impeaching an Odontomachus in Belize. Photo by Alex Wild.
  • Eciton vagans soldiers along a colony emigration column. La Selva, Costa Rica. Photo by Daniel Kronauer.
  • Dichthadiiform queen and worker of Eciton vagans. La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Photo by Daniel Kronauer.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana (type locality), Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • vagans. Formica vagans Olivier, 1792: 501 (w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Smith, F. 1855c: 162 (s.); Wheeler, W.M. 1912e: 206 (m.); Menozzi, 1931d: 188 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1974c: 170 (l.). Combination in Eciton: Smith, 1855c: 162. Senior synonym of simillima: Smith, F. 1858b: 151; of integrum: Borgmeier, 1953: 13. Current subspecies: nominal plus allognathum, angustatum, dispar, dubitatum, fur, mutatum. See also: Borgmeier, 1955: 229; Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1984: 270.
  • simillima. Eciton simillima Smith, F. 1855c: 164 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of vagans: Smith, F. 1858b: 151.
  • integrum. Eciton integrum Santschi, 1921g: 91 (m.) FRENCH GUIANA. Junior synonym of vagans: Borgmeier, 1953: 13.

Description

References

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  • Borgmeier, T. 1955. Die Wanderameisen der neotropischen Region. Stud. Entomol. 3: 1-720 (page 229, see also)
  • Calazans, E.G., da Costa, R.V., Cristiano,M.P., Cardoso, D.C. 2020. Daily dynamics of an ant community in a mountaintop ecosystem. Environmental Entomology (doi:10.1093/ee/nvaa011).
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  • Olivier, A. G. 1792. Encyclopédie méthodique. Histoire naturelle. Insectes. Tome 6. (pt. 2). Paris: Panckoucke, pp. 369-704. (page 501, worker described)
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  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 151, Senior synonym of simillima)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1974c. Ant larvae of the subfamily Dorylinae: second supplement (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Kans. Entomol. Soc. 47: 166-172 (page 170, larva described)
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  • Wheeler, W. M. 1912f. The male of Eciton vagans Olivier. Psyche (Camb.) 19: 206-207 (page 206, male described)
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