Aphaenogaster japonica

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Aphaenogaster japonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. japonica
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster japonica
Forel, 1911

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea, Russian Federation.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • japonica. Aphaenogaster schmitzi subsp. japonica Forel, 1911e: 267 (w.) JAPAN. Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 102 (q.). Combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 60. Subspecies of syriaca: Emery, 1921f: 60; of smythiesii: Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 101; Nishizono & Yamane, 1990: 34. Raised to species: Wu, J. & Wang, 1995: 114; Yamane, 1996: 111. Senior synonym of sinensis: Wu, J. & Wang, 1995: 114; of verecunda: Yamane, 1996: 111.
  • sinensis. Aphaenogaster smythiesi subsp. sinensis Wheeler, W.M. 1928c: 9 (w.) CHINA. Wheeler, W.M. 1929f: 2 (q.m.). Raised to species: Arnol'di, 1976b: 1022. Junior synonym of japonica: Wu, J. & Wang, 1995: 114. See also: Kupyanskaya, 1990: 119.
  • verecunda. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) verecunda Wheeler, W.M. 1928d: 105 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of japonica: Yamane, 1996: 111.



  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 60, combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma), subspecies of syriaca)
  • Forel, A. 1911g. Die Ameisen des K. Zoologischen Museums in München. Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Kl. K. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. Münch. 11: 249-303 (page 267, worker described)
  • Nishizono, Y.; Yamane, S. 1990. The genus Aphaenogaster (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Kagoshima-ken, southern Japan. Rep. Fac. Sci. Kagoshima Univ. (Earth Sci. Biol.) 23: 23-40 (page 34, subspecies of smythiesii)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1928d. Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Japan and Korea. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 22: 96-125 (page 102, queen described; page 101, subspecies of smythiesii)
  • Wu, J., Wang, C. 1995. The ants of China. Beijing: China Forestry Publishing House, x + 214 pp.
  • Yamane, S. 1996. New synonymy in the genus Aphaenogaster Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Species Divers. 1: 111-115 (page 111, Raised to species, Senior synonym of verecunda)
  • Wu, J., Wang, C. 1995. The ants of China. Beijing: China Forestry Publishing House, x + 214 pp.