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Temporal range: Eocene to present
Gesomyrmex howardi casent0102384 profile 1.jpg
G. howardi worker from China
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Gesomyrmecini
Genus: Gesomyrmex
Mayr, 1868
Type species
Gesomyrmex hoernesi
Mayr, 1868

Dimorphomyrmex André, 1892
Gaesomyrmex Dalla Torre, 1893

Gesomyrmex is a genus of ants in the subfamily Formicinae.[1] The genus contains six extant species, known from the Indomalayan region,[2] and nine fossil species.[3] Of the extant species, four are known only from workers (G. chaperi, G. howardi, G. kalshoveni and G. spatulatus) and two only from females (G. luzonensis and G. tobiasi).[4] The extinct species "G. expectans" and "G. miegi", formerly placed in the genus, were excluded by Dlussky et al., 2009.

The living species are arboreal typically building nests in the twigs of trees.[3]



  1. ^ "Genus: Gesomyrmex". AntWeb. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Gesomyrmex". AntCat. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Dlussky, G.M.; Rasnitsyn, A.P.; Perfilieva, K.S. (2015). "The Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Bol’shaya Svetlovodnaya (Late Eocene of Sikhote-Alin, Russian Far East)" (PDF). Caucasian Entomological Bulletin. 11 (1): 131–152. 
  4. ^ Dubovikov, D. A. (2004). "A new species of the genus Gesomyrmex Mayr, 1868 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Vietnam.". Trudy Russkago Entomologicheskago Obshchestva. 75 (1): 219–221. 

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