Gustav Mayr

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Gustav Mayr

Gustav L. Mayr (12 October 1830 in Vienna – 14 July 1908 in Vienna) was an Austrian entomologist and professor in Budapest and Vienna. He specialised in Hymenoptera, being particularly known for his studies of Formicidae.[1]

In 1868, he was the first to describe the Argentine ant.[2] He is credited with naming the harvesting ant species, Aphaenogaster treatae, for naturalist Mary Davis Treat in honor of her research on the species.[3]


  • Formicidae [der Novara-Expedition]. Vienna 1865.
  • Die Ameisen des baltischen Bernsteins. Königsberg: Koch, 1868.
  • Feigeninsecten. Vienna: Hölder, 1885.
  • Hymenopterologische Miscellen. Vienna: Hölder, 1902.
  • Formiciden aus Ägypten und dem Sudan. (1903).


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