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Ectatomma tuberculatum worker, the type species of the genus
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Ectatomma
Smith, 1858
Type species
Formica tuberculata
Olivier, 1792
16 species

Ectatomma is a Neotropical genus of ants in the subfamily Ectatomminae. The genus contains 17 described extant species and one extinct species.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Ectatomma is one of the most common genera in the Neotropical region,[3] with most species being South American in their distribution, but others can be found in Central America as well as sparse populations in the Caribbean. Ectatomma may be found in rainforests, savannas, dry environments and cultivated areas.[4]


Ectatomma gracile holotype male illustration

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Ectatomma". AntCat. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Genus: Ectatomma". AntWeb. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  3. ^ Fernández 1992, p. 561
  4. ^ Arias-Penna 2008, p. 55
  • Arias-Penna, T. M. (2008), Jiménez, E.; Fernández, F.; Arias, T.M.; et al. (eds.), "Subfamilia Ectatomminae.", Sistemática, biogeografía y conservación de las hormigas cazadoras de Colombia. (in Spanish): 53–107
  • Fernández, F. (1992), "Las hormigas cazadoras del género Ectatomma (Formicidae: Ponerinae) en Colombia.", Caldasia (in Spanish), 16 (79): 551–564

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ectatomma at Wikimedia Commons