SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Aphaenogaster Mayr
Genus Aphaenogaster Mayr (1853b: 107)
Mayr's (1853b) genus description is at
In Myrmicinae: Pheidolini (Bolton, 1995: 20). Emery (1921f)
separated four subgenera, of which the following are relevant to Egypt
Deromyrma (Forel Emery - worker with the head elongated behind into a distinct neck, sometimes extremely long (as in Madagascar species); antennae slender, usually terminated in a weak four-segmented club
Attomyrma - head not elongated behind; antennae terminating in a four-segmented club much thicker than rest of the funiculus; basal segment of gaster smooth or longitudinally striated.
See also Bondroit (1918: 155 ff, illustrated) . Bondroit separated Attomyrma Em.
as with legs solely with pubescence; whereas Aphaenogaster Mayr
had legs bristling with erect hairs.
He noted splendida as being yellowish red, with the propodeum impressed between the spines; TL 5-6 mm.
A. syriaca was not separated, still being under gibbosa - body colour at least brown; head matt; from Emery (1908c: 335) dark reddish-yellow, with gaster brown, TL 4 mm.
Walker (1871) gave the queen of A. pallescens as black and shining, with the anterior head tawny; antennae, gaster and legs testaceous.
Aphaenogaster sardoa cf foreli Cagniant - possibly = Pheidole fadli - see Wolf, K. 1915. Studien ueber palaearktische Formiciden. 1. Berichte des Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinischen Veriens in Innsbruck, 35, 39-52
|Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) pallida (Nylander)
|Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) splendida (Roger)|
|Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) syriaca Emery|
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||Aphaenogaster pallescens Walker|
|Aphaenogaster (Deromyrma) phillipsi Wheeler & Mann|
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