Ectomomyrmex astutus

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Ectomomyrmex astutus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Ectomomyrmex
Species: E. astutus
Binomial name
Ectomomyrmex astutus
(Smith, F., 1858)

Pachycondyla astuta casent0179011 profile 1.jpg

Pachycondyla astuta casent0179011 dorsal 1.jpg

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Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea.
Oriental Region: India, Thailand, Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • astutus. Pachycondyla astuta Smith, F. 1858b: 107 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Karavaiev, 1925b: 120 (q.); Imai, Kubota, et al. 1985: 46 (k.). Combination in P. (Bothroponera): Emery, 1901a: 45; in P. (Ectomomyrmex): Forel, 1905c: 6; in Ectomomyrmex: Bingham, 1903: 86; Wheeler, W.M. 1927h: 84; in Bothroponera: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 21; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 303; in Bothroponera: Joma & Mackay, 2013: 2; in Ectomomyrmex: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 193. Current subspecies: nominal plus obscura.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Three worker syntypes in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “n. Holl.” (New Holland = Australia.)



  • 2n = 18 (Indonesia) (Imai et al., 1985) (as Pachycondyla astuta).
  • 2n = 22 (Indonesia) (Imai et al., 1985) (as Pachycondyla astuta).


  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 86, Combination in Ectomomyrmex)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 303, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Emery, C. 1901b. Notes sur les sous-familles des Dorylines et Ponérines (Famille des Formicides). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 32-54 (page 45, Combination in P. (Bothroponera))
  • Forel, A. 1905f. Ameisen aus Java. Gesammelt von Prof. Karl Kraepelin 1904. Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hambg. 22: 1-26 (page 6, Combination in P. (Ectomomyrmex))
  • Imai, H. T.; Kubota, M.; Brown, W. L., Jr.; Ihara, M.; Tohari, M.; Pranata, R. I. 1985. Chromosome observations on tropical ants from Indonesia. Annu. Rep. Natl. Inst. Genet. Jpn. 35: 46-48 (page 46, karyotype described)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1925b. Ponerinen (Fam. Formicidae) aus dem Indo-Australischen Gebiet. (Fortsetzung). Konowia 4: 115-131 (page 120, queen described)
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 107, worker described)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 21, Combination in Bothroponera)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1927h. Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Indochina. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 20: 83-106 (page 84, Combination in Ectomomyrmex)