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Melophorus anderseni casent0172008 profile 1.jpg
Melophorus anderseni worker
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Forel, 1912
Genus: Melophorus
Lubbock, 1883
Type species
Melophorus bagoti
Lubbock, 1883
23 species

Erimelophorus Wheeler, 1935
Trichomelophorus Wheeler, 1935

Head view of ant Melophorus majeri specimen

Melophorus (meaning "honey carrier")[2] is a genus of ants in the subfamily Formicinae and the sole member of the tribe Melophorini.[3] The genus is endemic to Australia, where its species is common in arid and semiarid areas.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Melophorus". AntCat. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Schultheiss, P.; Schwarz, S.; Wystrach, A. (2010). "Nest Relocation and Colony Founding in the Australian Desert Ant, Melophorus bagoti Lubbock (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)". Psyche: A Journal of Entomology. 2010: 1. doi:10.1155/2010/435838. 
  3. ^ "Genus: Melophorus". AntWeb. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Schultheiss, P.; Schwarz, S.; Cheng, K.; Wehner, R. D. (2012). "Foraging ecology of an Australian salt-pan desert ant (genus Melophorus)". Australian Journal of Zoology. 60 (5): 311. doi:10.1071/ZO12096. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Melophorus at Wikimedia Commons