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A Guide to the Ants of Sabangau (Indonesia, Kalimantan)


Indonesia has the largest extent of tropical peatlands in the world, mostly in Borneo, Sumatra and Irian Jaya, covering 20.7 million hectares and storing 65% of all tropical peat carbon. The peat-swamp forest in the Sabangau catchment, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, comprises the largest remaining continuous lowland forest in Borneo, and supports the world's largest populations of Bornean orangutan. The ant fauna of Kalimantan is largely unknown. Field ecologist Stijn Schreven, from OuTrop, Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project, has now made a major attempt to shed some light on ant diversity of that area. In collaboration with a team of local ant researchers, with and AntBase.Net he developed a A Guide to the Ants of Sabangau in order to ease identification of Kalimantan ants and to foster future studies on them! If you like to check out this beautiful book, download it here (36 MB, 128 pages). More information on the whole project can be obtained at their webpage..

19 Polyrhachis species from Borneo!

Here are the original photographs of Rudy Kohout's review of the subgenus Polyrhachis, which has been published in the recent issue of Asian Myrmecology, including ten previously described species and new one P. maliau. But please have a look....

Eight more species in December

These rarities from South East Asia and China have been collected and partly described by Prof. Yamane in the recent years. Most of that species have been given to our collection as a gift. We say thank you very much, dear Professor! We hope that you have much luck with further ant collections! Have a look to these beautiful photographs....

A new photographer at

fine pics from Yamane san's great collection

After all Khisghee decided to quit her work with us in order to better care for her baby - and Master Thesis. We thankfully ackowlegde her brilliant work and all the beautiful pictures she took for us. But now Lights, Music, Curtain... for our new photographer Anu Nasanbat! She has choosen mainly Dolichoderus species for her first pictures at Quality is fine! Have a look, please....

We are back again: 17 new species from the collection of Prof. Yamane

Our baby brake is over and we are pround to present brand new photographs of 17 species of Aenictus photographed by Khishigdelger. Have a look to these unique pictures!

An "earth quake" in ant taxonomy!


2014 will be the year of a series of changes in ant taxonomy. Phil Ward has written a review on the recent advances in our understanding of ant evolutionary history, which have been propelled by the use of molecular phylogenetic methods. At the same time, together with Sean Brady, Brian Fisher and Ted Schulz, he published a comprehensive study on the evolution of myrmicine ants. Chris Schmidt and Steve Shattuck worked out a 242-pages paper on the higher classification of the ponerinae, while Brady et al. published on phylogeny of the doryline ants. Now Formicinae are still missing, although Chen et al. made an approach last year for the Chinese formicine ants. The outcome of these studies are hundreds of name changes that had been listed by Steve on an antwiki page: have a look on this list! will have some difficulties to put all these changes to its databank in the near future. Being on the web for 10 years now we urgently need to transfer all our data to a new server. We are keep pace with the current proceedings in myrmecology.

First call for ANeT 2015 meeting in Sri Lanka



"I am delighted to host 10th ANeT Conference and workshop at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, in 2015", says Prof. R.K.S. Dias, the organizer of the next ANeT meeting that will take place from 23rd to 26th October 2015 in Kelaniya. The first call for this meeting is out now, so please save the date!

A new ant researcher was born!

Our photographer Khishigdelger has given birth to a baby in the last week of May. Mother and baby are fine and we expect that around September will come back to normal work again. So please come back to us later!

Type specimens from the collection of Prof. Seiki Yamane

The new year starts with an interesting contribution from Japan. Prof. Dr. Seiki Yamane, Asia's most famous ant researcher, has opened his legendary collection for us, which is the result of dilligent ant sampling for decades. Numerous students and coworkers profited from his ant enthusiasm and several times was in the lucky position to show some of his thoroughly prepared specimens. In January we showed already a collection of species sampled from South East Asia, in February we present a special on Aenictus, a blind, mass raiding genus inhibitating the rainforest floor. Many of these are type specimens! Check it out!

A hardly known genus of myrmecophilous crickets

The family Myrmecophilidae, the ant loving crickets, comprise five genera, one of it is Camponophilus, with its single member C. irmi - an ant cricket living symbiotically with Camponotus gigas, the Giant Forest Ant. Here we provide automontage pictures of this rare and hardly known species. Check for details!

Camponophilus irmi


Beauties from the Iranian deserts: 15 species from Omid Paknia's collection - Thank you!

In June we present ant specimens from Iran collected by Omid Paknia during his PhD work. Our photograph Khishigdelger made the pictures of these amazing species: have a look, please!

April-May 2013: Courtesy of Himender Bharti: 27 newly described species from India - the secrets of the Himalayas

Dr. Bharti and his students are among the most productive ant taxonomists at present. The Indian subcontinent harbours an amazing variety of species new to sciences. Here we present pictures provided by Bharti's team: Have a click! Thank's for this fine cooperation!


NEW in March 2013: 14 species most of them new to sciences

The new issue of ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY came up with twelve newly described species. Here we present the original pictures of 14 species that are shown in that volume. Have a closer look to the new species!

NEW in March 2013: Three more specimens from Ulykpan Aibek's collection!

In March 2013 we are presenting three more specimens from Mongolia, from Ulykpan Aibek's collections. Let's see!

More specimens from Ulykpan Aibek's collection!

In January 2013 we present more species from Mongolia, from the collection of Ulykpan Aibek. Have a look to our pictures!

The first specimens from Ulykpan Aibek's collection!

The ants of Mongolia are our special mission! In cooperation with Aibek U. we proudly present 10 ant species from Mongolia, including such interesting species as Polyergus nigerrimus. The pictures have been taken bei our photographer Khishgee as usual. We are aiming at renewing all pictures from Mongolian ant species, so there will be more pictures coming soon! Have a look to Aibek's collection.

NEW in September and October 2012: The first Aenictus specimens from Thailand

We have set up a cooperation with Dr WEEYAWAT JAITRONG, who is the Asian specialist for Aenictus. Find here the first pictures of some two specimens from Thailand. More pictures of these species will be here available soon. See Zootaxa (only Abstract!) for Dr Weeyawat's latest work. And here to our pictures for September and October!

NEW in August 2012: Specimens from Borneo

Summer holidays almost everywhere, and also in our lab. We have been on expedition to Southern Siberia, therefore our July presentation is skipped. Here are some pictures from Bornean ant species for August. Martin is currently working on some Borneo ant papers, so we had a look to our collection and found some interesting specimens there. Let's see...

NEW in June 2012: More ant species from India!

In June we present more species from India, from Himender Bharti's collections. Our gallery shows the amazing diversity of the ants from the Himalaya!

NEW in May 2012: Ants from India!

This month we presents ants from India, from Himender Bharti' collections.
These are ants from the Himalaya and we are proud to present them on the Web. Have a look to our pictures!

NEW: Made in Mongolia: The first ant pictures from our lab in Ulaanbaatar: 16 species from China!

After a long period of preparation, we proudly present here the first outcome of our efforts: 16 ant species from the collection of John R. Fellowes, editor of ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY, who sampled the specimens from different regions of China.
The pics have been prepared on our well-proven Leica Z6 Apo A that we brought from Ulm. Little change to before: instead of senior photographer Hans Peter Katzmann our new staff Khishigdelger Enkhtur, now chief photographer and project manager,mounted the specimens and took the pics. Congrats to your work, and welcome at!

Ants from the Peoples Republic of China are still rare in Internet collections, so we are happy that we can unravel some of these "hidden secrets". Take a look to what John R. Fellowes had collected some years ago and visit our Ants of China! More species are about to come.


NEW in March and April 2012: More ants from China!

These months we prepared even more ants from China, from John Fellowes' collections. Some of these ants had been photographed in India, by Himender Bharti, as a part of our cooperation in ANeT. Others come form our lab in Ulaanbaatar, photographed by Khishigdelger. Have a look to our collection!


Two novelties for Bornean ants: A new Key to the Bornean Ant Genera and a comprehensive List of the Ants of Borneo

At the end of the year we come up with two new tools that should ease the identification of Bornean ant species.

Tom Fayle provides an updated and translated Key to the Ant Genera of Borneo in English and Malay [PDF], based on the keys of Yoshiaki Hashimoto (website). Plus a Glossary of Morphological Terms [PDF], also in Malay and English. The new key includes the latest taxonomic developments, but note that key and glossary are only draft versions. If you have any feedback please . Of course you may access the new key at any time from our website.

A group of ANeT researchers headed by Martin Pfeiffer have come together to provide a species list to the Ants of Borneo, which has been recently published in the forth volume of ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY. We do not only provide a link to the pdf, but based on the original paper we have established a website that allows direct access to all the species listed in the paper and stored in our data base. Welcome to the Ants of Borneo Webpage!


The Ants of Iran

Iran is a vast country with a total area of 1.6 million square kilometers, which is located in the mid-latitude band of arid and semi-arid regions of the Old World, in Southwest Asia. Biogeographically southwest Asia represents a transition zone between three regions: Palaearctic, Afrotropical and Oriental. Iran’s borders at the south and east are near to the Afrotropical and Oriental regions, respectively. Although arid and semi-arid areas cover more than half of the country, Iran also includes high mountains with alpine areas, broadleaf forest in the southern coastal plains of the Caspian forests, and steppe forests in the north and west. The Iranian ant fauna has been poorly investigated. So far 142 species belonging to 32 genera have been recorded from Iran (Paknia et al. 2008, Paknia et al. 2010), which is still far from the real number.
Have a look at the marvels of the Iranian desert...

The Ants of Central Europe

Dr. Bernhard Seifert of the "Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz" is one of the best known German ant researchers. After having published the most important ant species of Germany from his famous book: "Ameisen: beobachten, bestimmen", we continue our collaboration with a new section on the Ants of Central Europe. This new part of our website is a teamwork between, Dr. Seifert and the Natural History Museum Vienna, where Daniela Magdalena Sorger took the pictures of these beautiful ants.
Have a look...

The Ants of Southeast Asia

This website is dedicated to the ants of Poring, Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia, a tropical rainforest with the world's highest ant diversity: 650 species of ants from 81 genera and 8 subfamilies of the Formicidae have been found there. In our virtual museum of natural history you find pictures of Aenictinae, Cerapachyinae, Dorylinae, Dolichoderinae, Formicinae, Myrmicinae, Ponerinae, and Pseudomyrmecinae.
Have a look...

Ants of Germany

Dr. Bernhard Seifert of the "Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz" is one of the best known German ant researchers. In he shows pictures of the most important ant species of Germany from this famous book: "Ameisen: beobachten, bestimmen" (Naturbuchverlag).

Ants of Mongolia

Mongolian ants are hardly studied. Here we present the most important species. These ants live in the deserts and steppes of Central Asia.

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This interesting field guide to Kalimantan peat swamp ants can now be downloaded from our website!

Memorial of Prof. Dlussky

Prof. Gennady M. Dlussky

Prof. Gennady M. Dlussky

Dear colleagues and friends,

A few months ago Prof. G.M. Dlussky passed away. For all of us it is a huge loss. He was a famous myrmecologist and paleoentomologist. During his life he was a teacher of many generations of Russian biologists. Especially, his contribution to paleontology of ants is invaluable. His work will forever remain in science, and he will forever remain in our hearts.
The editorial board of the Caucasian Entomological Bulletin prepares a special memorial issue dedicated to G.M. Dlussky, and therefore we would like to invite you to contribute in it with an original research article. Our journal is peer-reviewed, open access journal indexed in, Zoological Records (Thomson Reuters), and ZooBank.
Papers in the field of insect systematics, paleontology and ecology, as well as taxonomic revisions and descriptions of insect taxa (especially social insects and Hymenoptera) are invited. Submitted manuscripts must be written in English. Colour plates are accepted free of charge.
The deadline for manuscript submissions is 10th of March 2015. Instructions for authors and all additional information is available at Manuscript files must be emailed to or .