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Pseudoatta argentina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pseudoatta
Gallardo, 1916
Type species
Pseudoatta argentina
2 species
(Species Checklist, Species by Country)

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Pseudoatta argentina

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Specimen Label

The single species and subspecies of this genus are inquilines. Queens live in the nest of Acromyrmex species, have no workers and are entirely dependent on their hosts for food. The queens produce eggs that are cared for and raised to maturity by the host workers. Details about the biology of Pseudoatta argentina can be found in Bruch (1928) and Gallardo (1929). Pseudoatta argentina platensis remains unstudied and is only known from the type material.

At a Glance • Inquiline  





Distribution and Richness based on AntMaps



Inquilines; workers are not produced.


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

  • PSEUDOATTA [Myrmicinae: Attini]
    • Pseudoatta Gallardo, 1916d: 320. Type-species: Pseudoatta argentina, by monotypy.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Gallardo 1916
Gallardo 1916


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 200, Pseudoatta as genus)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1973b. A comparison of the Hylean and Congo-West African rain forest ant faunas. Pp. 161-185 in: Meggers, B. J., Ayensu, E. S., Duckworth, W. D. (eds.) Tropical forest ecosystems in Africa and South America: a comparative review. Wash (page 184, Pseudoatta provisional junior synonym of Acromyrmex (unconfirmed).)
  • Bruch, C. 1928. Estudios mirmecológicos. An. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. B. Aires 34:341-360.
  • Emery, C. 1924f [1922]. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [concl.]. Genera Insectorum 174C: 207-397 (page 346, Pseudoatta in Myrmicinae, Attini)
  • Gallardo, A. 1916e. Notes systématiques et éthologiques sur les fourmis attines de la République Argentine. An. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. B. Aires 28: 317-344 (page 320, Pseudoatta as genus)
  • Gallardo, A. 1929a. Note sur les moeurs de la fourmi Pseudoatta argentina. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. 2: 197-202 (page 197, see also)