Common names for Australian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  title={Common names for Australian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)},
  author={Alan N. Andersen},
  journal={Australian Journal of Entomology},
  • A. Andersen
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Australian Journal of Entomology
Most insects do not have common names, and this is a significant barrier to public interest in them, and to their study by non-specialists. This holds for even highly familiar insect groups such as ants. Here, I propose common names for all major native Australian ant genera and species-groups, as well as for many of the most abundant and distinctive species. Sixty-two genera, 142 species-groups and 50 species are given names. The naming system closely follows taxonomic structure; typically a… Expand

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