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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Proceratiinae
Tribe: Probolomyrmecini
Genus: Escherichia
Forel, 1910
Type species
Escherichia brevirostris, now Probolomyrmex brevirostris

Probolomyrmex brevirostris casent0907208 p 1 high.jpg

Probolomyrmex brevirostris casent0907208 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels

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


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

  • ESCHERICHIA [junior synonym of Probolomyrmex]
    • Escherichia Forel, 1910c: 245. Type-species: Escherichia brevirostris, by monotypy.
    • Escherichia junior synonym of Probolomyrmex: Taylor, 1965d: 346.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 180, Escherichia as junior synonym of Probolomyrmex)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1952g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. I. Tribe Platythyreini (Hymenoptera). Breviora 6: 1-6 (page 1, Escherichia in Ponerinae, Platythyreini)
  • 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 644, Escherichia in Ponerinae, Proceratini)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 53, Escherichia in Ponerinae, Proceratini)
  • Forel, A. 1910c. Ameisen aus der Kolonie Erythräa. Gesammelt von Prof. Dr. K. Escherich (nebst einigen in West-Abessinien von Herrn A. Ilg gesammelten Ameisen). Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 29: 243-274 (page 245, Escherichia as genus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 236, Escherichia in Ponerinae, Proceratini)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1965d. A monographic revision of the rare tropicopolitan ant genus Probolomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 117: 345-365 (page 346, Escherichia as junior synonym of Probolomyrmex)
  • 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 645, Escherichia in Ponerinae, Proceratini)