List of ant genera (alphabetical)
The following is a thus far incomplete list of worldwide ant
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than...

In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia...

. Those which are no longer considered current nomenclature are marked with an asterisk (*).

Genera are often named after famous myrmecologists
Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology. Some early myrmecologists considered ant society as the ideal form of society and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. Ants continue to be a model of choice for the study of questions on the evolution of...

 - e.g. Donisthorpea was named to honour Horace Donisthorpe
Horace Donisthorpe
Horace St. John Kelly Donisthorpe was an eccentric British myrmecologist and coleopterist, memorable in part for his enthusiastic championing of the renaming of the genus Lasius after him as Donisthorpea, and for his many claims of discovering new species of beetles and ants.He is often considered...

, Forelius for Auguste Forel, Janetia for Charles Janet, Wheeleriella for William M. Wheeler
William Morton Wheeler
William Morton Wheeler, Ph.D. was an American entomologist, myrmecologist and Harvard professor.-Early life:...

. See the list of notable myrmecologists
Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology. Some early myrmecologists considered ant society as the ideal form of society and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. Ants continue to be a model of choice for the study of questions on the evolution of...

 for a compilation of these people.


  • Acamatus
  • Acanthognathus
    Acanthognathus is a genus of ants that are found in tropical Central and South America. They are reddish in colour and have long trap-jaws that can be compared to those of Odontomachus. These predatory ants live in small colonies that typically consist of less than 30 adults.Mistakenly, the name...

  • Acanthomyops
    Acanthomyops is a genus of ant in the family Formicidae. It includes the following species:* Acanthomyops arizonicus * Acanthomyops bureni Wing, 1968* Acanthomyops californicus...

  • Acanthosticus
  • Acromyrmex
    Acromyrmex is a genus of New World ants of the subfamily Myrmicinae. It contains 31 known species.-Distribution:This genera is found in South America and parts of Central America and the Caribbean islands.-Overview:...

  • Adetomyrma
    Adetomyrma is an endangered genus of ants endemic to Madagascar. Workers of this species are blind. The type species Adetomyrma venatrix was described in 1994, with the genus being an atypical member of its tribe...

  • Aenictus
    The army ant genus Aenictus is an enigmatic group known from Africa, tropical Asia, and Queensland. There are some 100 species presently recognized, though many other names are applied at the rank of subspecies...

  • Allomerus
  • Amblyopone
    Amblyopone is a genus of amblyoponine ants.-Description:Workers of Amblyopone have a well-developed sting, elongate mandibles and reduced or absent eyes...

  • Amblyteles
  • Anergates
    Anergates is a single-species genus of tetramorine Myrmicine ants. It is a worker-less obligate parasite to Tetramorium caespitum, the "lawn ant" or "pavement ant", and is thought to have evolved as an aberrant form of the genus Tetramorium....

  • Anochetus
    Anochetus is a genus of carnivorous ants found in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world.- Species :This is an incomplete list of species in this genus....

  • Anonychomyrma
    Anonychomyrma is a genus of ants that belongs to the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae....

  • Aphaenogaster
    Aphaenogaster is a genus of myrmicine ants. Almost 200 species have been described, and 11 fossil species are known. They occur worldwide except from South America and Southern Africa....

  • Apomyrma
  • Asphinctanilloides
  • Atta
  • Azteca


  • Camponotus
  • Cardiocondyla
    Cardiocondyla is an ant genus in the family Formicidae.Closely related genera are Leptothorax, Stereomyrmex and Romblonella.-Species:* C. atalanta* C. batesii* C. bicoronata* C. brachyceps* C. breviscapus...

  • Carebara
  • Cataglyphis
    Cataglyphis is a genus of ant in the subfamily Formicinae. Its most famous species is C. bicolor, the Sahara Desert ant, which runs on hot sand to find insects that died of heat exhaustion, and can sustain body temperatures of up to 50°C....

  • Cephalotes
    Cephalotes is a Neotropical genus of ant species, all sharing the same odd head style, which tend to be mainly arboreal, and all appear to be gliding ants, with the ability to "parachute" and steer their fall so as to land back on the tree trunk rather than fall to the ground, which is often...

  • Cerapachys
  • Chelaner
  • Cheliomyrmex
  • Colobopsis
  • Crematogaster
    Crematogaster is an ecologically diverse genus of ants found worldwide, which are characterised by a distinctive heart-shaped gaster , which gives one of their common names, Valentine Ant. It is the only genus of the tribus Crematogastrini. Most of species are arboreal...

  • Cryptocerus
  • Cyphomyrmex
    Cyphomyrmex is a genus of fungus-growing ants.-Systematics:* Cyphomyrmex andersoni Mackay & Serna, 2010* Cyphomyrmex auritus Mayr, 1887* Cyphomyrmex bicarinatus Snelling & Longino, 1992* Cyphomyrmex bicornis Forel, 1896...


  • Daceton
  • Diacamma
    Diacamma is a genus of queenless ants belonging to the subfamily Ponerinae. It is distributed from India to Australia and contains about 50 species.Diacamma species of India include:* Diacamma assamense Forel, 1897...

  • Dinoponera
  • Diplomorium
  • Discothyrea
  • Doleromyrma
  • Dolichoderus
    Dolichoderus is a large genus of ants found worldwide.-Taxonomy:The ants of the neotropical genus Monacio were revised in 1959 by Kempf. However, Brown in 1973 and G. C. Wheeler and J. Wheeler in 1973 and 1976 considered both Monacis and Hypoclinea to be junior synonyms of...

  • Donisthorpea *
  • Dorymyrmex
    Dorymyrmex is a genus of Dolichoderinae known as the cone ant. Sometimes referred to as the "odorous ant" because of a distinct smell many have, which resembles the scent of blue cheese....

  • Dorylus
    The army ant genus Dorylus, also known as driver ants, safari ants, or siafu, is found primarily in central and east Africa, although the range also extends to tropical Asia. The term siafu is a loanword from Swahili, and is one of numerous similar words from regional Bantu languages used by...


  • Eciton
    The New World army ant genus Eciton contains the most familiar species of army ants. The most predominant and well-known species is Eciton burchellii, whose common name is "army ant" and which is considered to be the archetypal species....

  • Ectatomma
  • Ephebomyrmex
  • Epoecus
  • Epipheidole
  • Erebomyrma
  • Euponera


  • Harpagoxenus
    Harpagoxenus is a genus of ant in the family Formicidae. It includes the following species:* Harpagoxenus canadensis* Harpagoxenus sublaevis* Harpagoxenus zaisanicus...

  • Harpegnathos
    Harpegnathos is a basal genus of ants. This ponerine ant has a different colony structure compared to other genera. In the beginning, young winged queens fly out from their natal colony, mate with foreign males and start new colonies independently...

  • Heteroponera
  • Holcoponera
  • Huberia
  • Hypoclinea
  • Hypoponera
    Hypoponera is a genus of ants.- Species :* Hypoponera abeillei * Hypoponera abyssinica * Hypoponera aethiopica * Hypoponera agilis...


  • Lasius
    Lasius Latr. is a genus of boreal formicine ants.Included within this genus is the common black garden ant, Lasius niger, and its close relatives from dry heathland, L. alienus and L. neoniger....

  • Leptanilloides
  • Leptogenys
  • Leptomyrmex
    Leptomyrmex is a genus of ants. According to the latest taxonomic revision, there are 27 extant and one fossil species . For a complete list of species and full references, see here...

  • Leptothorax
    Leptothorax is a large genus of small ants with mainly Holarctic distribution. The genus is notable for its widespread social parasitism, i.e. they are dependent on the help of workers from other ant species during a part or the whole of their life cycles...

  • Leucoagaricus
    Leucoagaricus is a genus of fungi in the family Agaricaceae. The genus contains approximately 90 species.-External links:* at Index Fungorum...

  • Leucocoprinus
    Leucocoprinus is a genus of fungi in the family Agaricaceae. Its best known member is the yellow pot-plant mushroom , found worldwide. The type species is Leucocoprinus cepistipes...

  • Linepithema
  • Liometopum
    Liometopum is a genus of ants that belongs to the subfamily Dolichoderinae. Caterpillars of certain butterfly species have a symbiotic relationship with Liometopum ants...

  • Lobopelta


  • Macromischa
  • Manica
    Manica (genus)
    Manica is a genus of ants within the subfamily Myrmicinae. To date it contains six known species.-Species:*M. bradley Wheeler, 1909*M. hunteri Wheeler, 1914*M. invidia Bolton, 1995*M. parasitica Creighton, 1934...

  • Mayriella
  • Megaponera
  • Melophorus
  • Messor
    Messor (ant genus)
    Messor is a myrmicine genus of ants with more than 100 species, all of which are harvester ants; the generic name comes from the Roman god of crops and harvest, Messor. The subterranean colonies tend to be found in open fields and near roadsides, openings are directly to the surface...

  • Monomorium
    Monomorium is one of the most species-rich genera of ants, with about 300 species. The most famous is the pharaoh ant, which can be a considerable pest, especially in hospitals. Although most are Old World species, mostly from the African tropics, others are found around the...

  • Myrmecia
    Myrmecia, often called bulldog ants, bull ants, inch ants, sergeant ants, jumper ants or jack-jumpers , is a genus of ants. Bull ants can grow to over in length, with the smallest species long...

  • Myrmecina
    Myrmecina is a genus of ants in family Formicidae. It contains 46 species distributed in North America, Europe, northern Africa, India east, Korea, Japan and Australia :*Myrmecina alpina Shattuck, 2009*Myrmecina amamiana Terayama, 1996...

  • Myrmecocystus
    Myrmecocystus is a North American genus of ants. It is one of five genera that includes honeypot ants. Worker ants keep and tend plerergates, which are other ants that store large quantities of nutritious fluid in their abdomens to feed the colony during famine times...

  • Myrmelachista
  • Myrmica
    Myrmica is a genus of ants within the subfamily Myrmicinae. It is widespread throughout the temperate regions of the Holarctic and high mountains in Southeast Asia. The genus consists of around 200 known species, and additional subspecies, although this figure is likely only to rise as soon as...

  • Mystrium


  • Ochetellus
  • Odontomachus
    Odontomachus is a genus of carnivorous ants found in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world.-Overview:Commonly known as trap-jaw ants, species in Odontomachus have a pair of large, straight mandibles capable of opening 180 degrees...

  • Oecophylla
  • Opamyrma
  • Orectognathus


  • Pachycondyla
    Pachycondyla is a diverse group of ponerine ants that are widespread in the world's tropics and subtropics. Most are general predators or scavengers, with some specializing in hunting termites. In some species queens are replaced by fertilised workers...

  • Paraponera
    Paraponera is a genus of ant consisting of a single species, commonly known as the lesser giant hunting ant, conga ant, or bullet ant , named on account of its powerful and potent sting, which is said to be as painful as being shot with a bullet. It inhabits humid lowland rainforests from Nicaragua...

  • Parasyscia
  • Paratrechina
    Paratrechina is an ant genus from the subfamily Formicinae .There are over 150 described species and subspecies, some of which occur on every continent...

  • Peronomyrmex
  • Pheidole
    Pheidole is a genus of ant that belongs to the ant subfamily Myrmicinae.-The Genus:The genus Pheidole is widespread and ecologically dominant...

  • Pheidologeton
    Pheidologeton is a genus of ants, also called marauder ants, due to their raids similar to those of army ants. Their nests are more permanent but almost as large as those of army ants...

  • Pismire
  • Plagiolepis
    Plagiolepis is an ant genus of the formic acid-producing subfamily Formicinae.Species include:* Plagiolepis ampeloni* Plagiolepis grassei* Plagiolepis pygmaea * Plagiolepis regis...

  • Platythyrea
    Platythyrea is a genus of ants.-Species:* Platythyrea angusta Forel, 1901* Platythyrea arnoldi Forel, 1913* Platythyrea arthuri Forel, 1910* Platythyrea bicuspis Emery, 1899* Platythyrea bidentata Brown, 1975...

  • Pogonomyrmex
    Pogonomyrmex is a genus of harvester ants, occurring primarily in the deserts of North and South America. The genus name originated from the Greek language and refers to a beard-like structure, the psammophore, below the head , which can be found in most species of the subgenus sensu stricto...

  • Polyrhachus
  • Polyergus
  • Ponera
    Ponera is a genus of ponerine ants.-Description:This genus is very similar to Cryptopone, Hypoponera and Pachycondyla.-Biology:...

  • Prenolepis
  • Probolomyrmex
  • Proceratium
  • Prolasius
  • Protomognathus
    Protomognathus is a genus of insect in family Formicidae. It contains the following species:* Protomognathus americanus...

  • Pseudomyrma
  • Pseudomyrmex
    Pseudomyrmex is a genus of stinging, wasp-like ants in the family Formicidae . They are large eyed, slender ants with an arboreal habitat. They are found exclusively in the New World in tropical and subtropical regions...

  • Pyramica
    Pyramica is a genus of myrmicine ants in the tribe Dacetini. Baroni Urbani & de Andrade have proposed that this and many other myrmicine genera are all synonyms of the genus Strumigenys.-References:* ITIS:...


  • Serrastruma
    Serrastruma is a genus of insect in family Formicidae. It contains the following species:* Serrastruma inquilina...

  • Solenopsis
  • Stenamma
  • Stigmatomma
  • Streblognathus
  • Strongylognathus
    Strongylognathus is a genus of insect in family Formicidae. It contains the following species:* Strongylognathus afer* Strongylognathus alboini* Strongylognathus alpinus* Strongylognathus arnoldii* Strongylognathus caeciliae...

  • Strumigenys
    Strumigenys is a genus of myrmicine ants in the tribe Dacetini.-Biology:Strumigenys form small nests in soil, under or between rocks, or in and under logs or under cattle dung. Some species nest in association with other ants such as Bothriomyrmex mayri or Rhytidoponera metallica. Although they are...

  • Sympheidole
  • Sysphincta


  • Tapinoma
    Tapinoma is a genus of ants that belongs to the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae. There are 63 described species.The origin of the scientific name is interesting. Tapinoma is derived from the Finnish spirit god Tapio hence the common name ghost ant. Melanocephalum is derived from the two Greek words...

  • Technomyrmex
  • Temnothorax
  • Tetramorium
    Tetramorium is a genus of insect in family Formicidae.Tetramorium was first described in the same publication as Monomorium.-Distribution:...

  • Tetraogmus
  • Typhlomyrmex
  • Tyrannomyrmex
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