Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants
- S. Brady, T. Schultz, B. Fisher, P. S. Ward
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 28 November 2006
The largest ant molecular phylogenetic data set published to date is generated, containing ≈6 kb of DNA sequence from 162 species representing all 20 ant subfamilies and 10 aculeate outgroup families, and casts strong doubt on the existence of a poneroid clade as currently defined.
Distribution of the introduced Argentine ant (Iridomyrmex humilis) in natural habitats of the lower Sacramento Valley and its effects on the indigenous ant fauna
- P. S. Ward
- Environmental Science
- 1 April 1987
Observations indicate that patches of semidisturbed riparian woodland provide refuges from which populations of I. humilis may invade adjacent agricultural land, and vice versa, and the species richness of native ants is markedly reduced at riparian forestry sites occupied by I. Humilis.
The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
A robust phylogeny is recovered that reveals six major clades of Myrmicinae, here treated as newly defined tribes and occurring as a pectinate series: Myrmicini, Pogonomyrmecini trib.n.
Bolton's Catalogue of Ants of the World: 1758-2005
Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees
Enriching the ant tree of life: enhanced UCE bait set for genome‐scale phylogenetics of ants and other Hymenoptera
The utility of the updated UCE identification and bait design workflow for Hymenoptera is demonstrated, providing evidence that this approach could be applied to any organismal group with available genomic information.
Phylogeny and biogeography of dolichoderine ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference.
The evolutionary history of a major clade of ants, the subfamily Dolichoderinae, is investigated, indicating that crown-group dolichoderines arose about 65 million years ago, although this was preceded by a substantial period (30 million years) of stem group evolution.
The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants
The phylogenetic analyses provide only weak support for army ant monophyly and call into question a previous hypothesis that army ants underwent a fundamental split into New World and Old World lineages, which provides a basic framework for comparative biological analyses.
Systematics, biogeography and host plant associations of the Pseudomyrmex viduus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Triplaris - and Tachigali -inhabiting ants
- P. S. Ward
- Biology, Environmental Science
- 1 August 1999
A cladistic analysis indicates that much of the diversification of the Pseudomyrmex viduus group occurred before the Pleistocene, and that the interactions with Triplaris and Tachigali plants are also of Tertiary origin.
Phylogenomic methods outperform traditional multi-locus approaches in resolving deep evolutionary history: a case study of formicine ants
- B. Blaimer, S. Brady, T. Schultz, Michael W. Lloyd, B. Fisher, P. S. Ward
- BiologyBMC Evolutionary Biology
- 4 December 2015
This comparative study highlights both the promise and limitations of UCEs for insect phylogenomics, and will prove useful to the growing number of evolutionary biologists considering the transition from Sanger to next-generation sequencing approaches.