The Info List - Agroecomyrmecinae

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AGROECOMYRMECINAE is a subfamily of ants containing two extant and two fossil genera. The subfamily was originally classified in 1930 by Carpenter as AGROECOMYRMECINI, a Myrmicinae
tribe. Bolton raised the tribe to subfamily status in 2003, suggesting that Agroecomyrmecinae might be the sister taxon to Myrmicinae. It has since been discovered to be one of the earliest lineages of ants, a clade from the basal polytomy for all ants. In 2014, the subfamily was expanded to two tribes. The tribe Ankylomyrmini was moved from the subfamily Myrmicinae
to Agroemyrmecinae.


* 1 Tribes and genera

* 2 Taxonomy

* 2.1 Distribution

* 3 Notes * 4 References * 5 External links



* Agroecomyrmecini Carpenter, 1930

* † Agroecomyrmex
Wheeler, 1910

* † Agroecomyrmex
duisburgi Wheeler, 1910

* † Eulithomyrmex Carpenter, 1935

* † Eulithomyrmex rugosus Carpenter, 1930 * † Eulithomyrmex striatus Carpenter, 1930

* Tatuidris Brown & Kempf, 1968

* Tatuidris tatusia Brown & Kempf, 1968 (=T. kapasi Lacau -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2;">

* large mandibles with mandibular masticatory margins that oppose at full closure but do not overlap * eyes at extreme posterior apex of deep antennal scrobes * clypeus very broadly triangular, broadly inserted between the frontal lobes * antennal sockets and frontal lobes strongly migrated laterally, far apart and close to lateral margins of the head * mesotibia and metatibia with pectinate spurs * short and compact mesosoma * a sessile petiole , in posterior view the tergite and sternite not equally convex * an abdominal segment III (postpetiole) without tergosternal fusion, segment large and very broadly articulated to segment IV, * a helcium in frontal view with the sternite bulging ventrally and overlapped by the tergite * an abdominal segment IV with a complete tergosternal fusion, * abdominal segment IV with a stridulitrum on the pretergite * the sternite of abdominal segment IV is reduced, the tergite is much larger than the sternite and strongly vaulted

The subfamily rank of the armadillo ants was reassessed by Baroni Urbani & de Andrade (2007) in their last systematic assessment of the dacetines . They analyzed a morphological dataset that included former dacetines, basicerotines , phalacromyrmecines , and Tatuidris, as well as other non- Myrmicinae
taxa such as the Australian genus Myrmecia and the Neotropical genus Pseudomyrmex . This work was the first attempt to include Tatuidris as a terminal taxon in a morphological cladistic analysis. In their study, Baroni Urbani -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2;">

* mandibles at rest opposing at least in part, instead of crossing * a mandibular-torular index < 130 * reduction of maxillary palps from double-jointed to single-jointed * reduced male mandibles * presence of a two-segmented antennal club * reduced number of antennal joints

In addition, two autapomorphies (a differently shaped petiolar tergum and sternum , and the eyes at or close to the apex of the antennal scrobe) separated Tatuidris from all other extant ant genera included in their study.

Unlike phylogenetic studies based on morphological traits, molecular analyses of the internal phylogeny of the ants have given strong evidence that the armadillo ants are neither closely related to nor nested within the Myrmicinae. Brady et al. (2006), Moreau et al. (2006) and Rabeling et al. (2008) reconstructed phylogenetic trees with the agroecomyrmecines inside the 'poneroid' group of subfamilies, close to the Paraponerinae , and gave support for the exclusion of the genus from the Myrmicinae, a subfamily located inside the 'formicoid' clade. Given the early appearance of the Agroecomyrmecinae
in the geologic record, the similarities of armadillo ants to Myrmicinae
were hypothesized to represent convergence and/or retention of plesiomorphic forms.

Recently, Keller (2011) challenged the phylogenetic relationships of the poneromorph subfamilies (including Tatuidris).


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* ^ This character was described incorrectly by Bolton (l.c.); in Tatuidris the tergosternal suture of the abdominal segment IV is strong but not fused.


* ^ "Subfamily: Agroecomyrmecinae". antweb.org. AntWeb . Retrieved 3 January 2015. * ^ Carpenter, F. M. 1930. The fossil ants of North America. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 70:1-66. PDF 123533 * ^ Ward, P. S. (2007). "Phylogeny, classification, and species-level taxonomy of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)". Zootaxa . 1668: 549–563. * ^ "Genus: Tatuidris". antweb.org. AntWeb . Retrieved 29 August 2013. * ^ Ward, Philip S.; Brady, Sean G.; Fisher, Brian L.; Schultz, Ted R. (July 2014). "The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)". Systematic Entomology. 40 (1): 61–81. doi :10.1111/syen.12090 . ISSN 1365-3113 . * ^ A B Donoso 2012 , p. 61 * ^ Bolton 2003 , p. 51 * ^ Donoso 2012 , pp. 61–62 * ^ A B C Donoso 2012 , p. 62 * ^ Baroni Urbani & de Andrade 2007 , p. 78 * ^ Baroni Urbani & de Andrade 2007 , pp. 80–81 * ^ Ward 2007 , pp. 555–557 * ^ Ward 2011 , p. 23 * ^ A B C Donoso 2012 , p. 63 * ^ Keller 2011 , p. 73 * ^ Brown & Kempf 1968 , p. 186 * ^ Lacau et al. 2012 , p. 4 * ^ Vasconcelos & Vilhena 2002 , p. 278 * ^ Bolton, B. (1981). "A revision of six minor genera of Myrmicinae
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