New gallery: Typhlomyrmex

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Typhlomyrmex rogenhoferi
Typhlomyrmex rogenhoferi, Peru

The first time I saw Typhlomyrmex in the field, in a Paraguayan forest, I had no idea what I was looking at. Strange reddish ants crawling around in hard, dead wood. Putting the ants under the scope didn’t help, either. The mystery animals could have belonged to any number of poneromorph subfamilies. I eventually keyed them to genus. Unexpectedly, Typhlomyrmex are in the Ectatomminae, a subfamily better known for large, colorful surface-foraging ants like Ectatomma and Rhytidoponera.

In any case, I have finally gotten around to creating a gallery to hold the handful of photographs I have of this enigmatic genus. Take a look:

Typhlomyrmex at alexanderwild.com

4 thoughts on “New gallery: Typhlomyrmex”

  1. This underscores how much lifestyle influences the habitus of ants and other organisms. I’ve often seen Ectatomma rudium and they couldn’t be more different!

  2. This is a fantastic genus! I love them. We have two species at Viçosa, one is rogenhoferi. Such a wide range for this species, would you say that’s a complex?

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