ANTS OF CURAÇAO, species list

This list is the result of the identification of samples collected between 1930 and 1970 (94%) by H.J. MacGillavry, P. Wagenaar Hummelinck, R.H. Cobben (all in collection Naturalis Biodiversity Center) and 2018 (6%) by R. Schmitz. 
All identifications (except the data from literature) are done by the author.

In total almost 2000 ant specimen from Curacao are identified. That results in 59 species. 

The most collected ants (species per location) are: first Brachymyrmex minutus, second Paratrechina longicornis, third Wasmannia auropunctata and fourth Dorymyrmex insanus. Paratrechina longicornis and W. auropunctata have a pest status.


Azteca delpini *)

Dolichoderus bispinosus

#Dorymyrmex insanus

Tapinoma (melanocephalum) coronatum **)

Tapinoma melanocephalum




Neivamyrmex iridescens

Neivamyrmex sp01 ***)




Ectatomma ruidum



#Brachymyrmex minutus

Brachymyrmex obscurior

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus atriceps

Camponotus crispulus ****)

Camponotus claviscapus

Camponotus lindigi

Camponotus sanctaefidai

Camponotus senex

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus substitutus

Nylanderia guatemalensis

Nylanderia bourbonica

Paratrechina longicornis



Acromyrmex octospinosus

Atta cephalotes

Cardiocondyla emeryi 1)

Cardiocondyla mauritanica

Crematogaster steinheili

Cyphomyrmex minutus

Monomorium floricola

Monomorium pharaonis

Pheidole exigua *****)

Pheidole fallax

Pheidole megacephala

Pheidole radoszkowski

Pheidole sculptior

Pheidole susannae

Pheidole triconstricta

Rogeria curvipubens

#Solenopsis geminata

#Solenopsis globularia ******)

Solenopsis pygmaea

Solenopsis pollux

Strumigenys eggersi

Strumigenys emmae

Strumigenys silvestrii

Tetramorium caldarium

Tetramorium lanuginosum

Trachymyrmex urichii

Trichomyrmex destructor

Wasmannia auropunctata



Hypoponera ergatandria 2)

Hypoponera opaciceps

Hypoponera opacior

Odontomachus bauri

Platythyrea punctata




Pseudomyrmex curacaensis

Pseudomyrmex flavidulus

Pseudomyrmex pallens

Pseudomyrmex termitarius


1) Wetterer, J.K., 2012. Worldwide spread of Emery's sneaking ant, Cardiocondyla emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 17 : 13-20. 
2)Weber, N.A., 1948. Ants from the Leeward group and some other Caribbean localities. Studies on the fauna of Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and the Venezuelan Islands 3 : 78-86. 

# also observed on Klein Curacao

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