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Strumigenys abdera casent0005465 profile 1.jpg
Strumigenys abdera worker
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
F. Smith, 1860
Type species
Strumigenys mandibularis
F. Smith, 1860
> 830 species

Strumigenys is a genus of ants in the subfamily Myrmicinae.


Strumigenys form small nests in soil, under or between rocks, or in and under logs or under cattle dung. Some species nest in association with other ants such as Bothriomyrmex mayri or Rhytidoponera metallica. Although they are normally slow moving, they can run quickly when disturbed.[citation needed]

S. xenos is a permanent social parasite, which forms no workers and lives in the nests of its host S. perplexa.[citation needed]

Most species specialize in the hunt of springtails, and the others eat other soft-bodied arthropods.[2]


Strumigenys is found throughout the tropics and subtropics. 18 species are known from Australia.[2]

Selected species[edit]

The genus contains over 830 species.[1] They include:


  1. ^ a b Bolton, B. (2014). "Strumigenys". AntCat. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Ants Online: Genus Strumigenys


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