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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Oecodoma
Latreille, 1818
Type species
Formica cephalotes, now Atta cephalotes

Atta cephalotes casent0173617 profile 1.jpg

Atta cephalotes casent0173617 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Atta.


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

  • OECODOMA [junior synonym of Atta]
    • Oecodoma Latreille, 1818: 222. Type-species: Formica cephalotes, by subsequent designation of Shuckard, in Swainson & Shuckard, 1840: 174.
    • Oecodoma junior synonym of Atta: Roger, 1863b: 35. [Atta and Oecodoma share the same type-species, synonymy is therefore absolute.]


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 198, Oecodoma as junior synonym of Atta)
  • Latreille, P. A. 1818a. Oecodome. P. 50 in: Nouveau dictionnaire d'histoire naturelle. Nouvelle édition. Tome XXIII. Paris: Déterville, 612 pp. (page 222, Oecodoma as genus)
  • Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau, A. 1835 [1836]. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Hyménoptères. Tome I. Paris: Roret, 547 pp. (page 176, Oecodoma in Myrmicites)
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 35, Oecodoma as junior synonym of Atta)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 180, Oecodoma in Poneridae, Attidae)
  • Swainson W.; Shuckard, W. E. 1840. On the history and natural arrangement of insects. London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longman's, 406 pp. (page 174, Type species: Formica cephalotes; by subsequent designation)