AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mycetosoritis hartmanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Mycetosoritis
Wheeler, W.M., 1907
Type species
Atta (Mycetosoritis) hartmanni, now Mycetosoritis hartmanni
2 species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

Mycetosoritis hartmanni casent0003200 profile 1.jpg

Mycetosoritis hartmanni

Mycetosoritis hartmanni casent0003200 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

Evolutionary Relationships

Ochetomyrmex (2 species), Tranopelta (2 species)

Allomerus (8 species), Blepharidatta (4 species), Diaphoromyrma (1 species), Lachnomyrmex (16 species), Wasmannia (11 species)

Acanthognathus (7 species), Colobostruma (16 species), Daceton (2 species), Epopostruma (19 species), Lenomyrmex (7 species), Mesostruma (9 species), Microdaceton (4 species), Orectognathus (29 species)


  (44 species)

  (31 species)

  (6 species)


  (1 species)

  (1 species)

  (4 species)

  (2 species)

  (23 species)

  (21 species)

  (4 species)

Acromyrmex (55 species), Atta (20 species), Sericomyrmex (11 species), Trachymyrmex (9 species), Xerolitor (1 species)

Basiceros (8 species), Cephalotes (119 species), Eurhopalothrix (53 species), Octostruma (34 species), Phalacromyrmex (1 species), Pheidole (1,298 species), Pilotrochus (1 species), Procryptocerus (44 species), Protalaridris (7 species), Rhopalothrix (16 species), Strumigenys (852 species), Talaridris (1 species)

Based on Ward et al. (2014), Blaimer et al. (2018) and Li et al. (2018).

A genus of fungus growing ants.

At a Glance • Fungus Grower  



AntWeb icon 02.png See images of species within this genus

Keys including this Genus



Distribution and Richness based on AntMaps




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

  • MYCETOSORITIS [Myrmicinae: Attini]
    • Mycetosoritis Wheeler, W.M. 1907c: 714 [as subgenus of Atta]. Type-species: Atta (Mycetosoritis) hartmanni, by monotypy.
    • Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex: Emery, 1913b: 251; Emery, 1924d: 343.
    • Mycetosoritis subgenus of Trachymyrmex: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 669.
    • Mycetosoritis raised to genus: Creighton, 1950a: 317.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 199, Mycetosoritis as genus)
  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 317, Mycetosoritis as genus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 663, Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Emery, C. 1913c. Études sur les Myrmicinae. [V-VII.]. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 57: 250-262 (page 251, Mycetosoritis in Myrmicinae, Attini; Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Emery, C. 1924f [1922]. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [concl.]. Genera Insectorum 174C: 207-397 (page 343, Mycetosoritis in Myrmicinae, Attini; Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 247, Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da regia~o Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3-344 (page 146, Mycetosoritis as genus)
  • Kusnezov, N. 1949d. El género Cyphomyrmex (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) en la Argentina. Acta Zool. Lilloana 8: 427-456 (page 444, Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Kusnezov, N. 1956a. Claves para la identificación de las hormigas de la fauna argentina. Idia 104- 105: 1-56 (page 23, Mycetosoritis subgenus of Cyphomyrmex)
  • Mueller, U.G., Schultz, T.R., Currie, C.R., Adams, R.M.M., Malloch, D. 2001. The origin of the attine ant-fungus mutualism. The Quarterly Review of Biology 76, 169-197.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1907d. The fungus-growing ants of North America. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 23: 669-807 (page 714, Mycetosoritis as subgenus of Atta)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 141, Mycetosoritis as subgenus of Atta)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 669, Mycetosoritis subgenus of Trachymyrmex; Mycetosoritis in Myrmicinae, Attini)