Acanthomyrmex dusun Centromyrmex feae Gnamptogenys gabata Myrmoteras arcoelinae Gesomyrmex kalshoveni Anochetus rugosus Amblyopone sp.2

New in November:

Lauch of the new ANeT website

This month, we launch a new website for ANeT, the International Network for the Study of Asian Ants. On this website, you may find comprehensive information on this scientific association ranging from the latest ANeT news, membership information to announcements of upcoming conferences.

You may also immerge into the history of ANeT by browsing through the large collection of photographs of previous meetings.

Learn all about ANeT!


Meeting 2005.Meeting 2009Meeting 2013



New in October:

New ant pictures from Asia and Australia

In October, we present some more myrmecological beauties. We show to you a selection of five specimens from Malaysia, Thainland, Indonesia and Vietnam of the collection of Seiki Yamane and one further ant species from Australia's rainforests.

Check it out and enjoy!



Another Asian Myrmecology paper goes Online First in September

September is a very productive month for Asian Myrmecology since this journal released for the third time papers as Online First.
On 22th September, an article of Bharti and co-workers was published on ants as bioindicators of ecosystem health in the Himalayas. The authors present an interesting view on species diversity and invasive species in the world's highest mountain range.

Don't not miss this paper!


New in September:

More ant pictures from around the world

We are back from our summer break, but we continue our myrmecological journey around the world. This time, we present a small selection of pictures of fascinating ants from Australia, Germany and Ivory Coast.

Have a look and enjoy the diversity!



Three more Asian Myrmecology articles published Online First in September

On 8th September, three more Asian Myrmecology papers have been published Online First.
Fuminori Ito reports on nesting and reproduction biology of Platythyrea and Jaitrong presents together with his co-workers the very first checklist of known ant species from Laos. Alonso and Robson published a book review on Ants of Africa and Madagascar, a guide to the genera by Fisher and Bolton.

Have a look at these new papers!


New in July:

Ant pictures from around the world

July marks the beginning of main holiday season in the northern hemisphere. Therefore we want to invite you to a myrmecological journey around the world with a small selection of photographs of ants from all five continents.

Enjoy our pictures and have a great summer vacation!



Antbase pictures as data-source for research papers

You want to study ant assemblages in the rainforests of Costa Rica and the deserts of Iran, but you don't have time to travel to Central America and the Middle East?
With the help of high resulation photographs hosted by antweb.org and antbase.net, this can be done without leaving your lab. Such a study was done by Sophie Schofield and co-workers at the lab of Kate Parr who compared morphometric traits of ants from two contrasting biomes from Costa Rica and the Iran. They published their paper in Myrmecological News which is soley based on data obtained by making measurements on high resolution photographs of ants obtained at image data bases like antweb.org and antbase.net.

Schofield et al. (online earlier) Myrmecological News

This is great example of the high value of high resulation photographs which are much more than just being stunning pictures.



Two more Asian Myrmecology articles published Online First

On July 1st, two more Asian Myrmecology articles have been published Online First.
Luo and Guénard described a new species of Paratopula from Hong Kong. Ito and coworkers studied the defense functions of Polyrhachis spines against anuran predators.

Don't miss these new findings in myrmecology!


New Book on Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation

Formica wood ants are ecologically important species for boreal forest ecosystems of the northern hemisphere. These ants are key stone species when it comes to predation, mutualism, bioturbation and nutrient cycling. Therefore a lot of research has been done on these ants, but no comprehensive work on their ecology and conservation has been published yet. A new book closing this gap was edited by Jenni A. Stockan and Elva J. H. Robinson and written by a broad range of ant researcher being experts on all aspects of Formica ecology and conservation.
They will publish soon "Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation" which will be first available on 7th July 2016. Anyone interested in Formica ants will love this book!

Fore more information, click here!

Formica sp.New Book on Wood Ant Ecology and Conservationant hills in open spruce forest


Higher impact factor for Asian Myrmecology

Great news for Asian Myrmecology! Its impact factor has risen to 1.1 from 0.89 and rank in Entomology to 46 from 56 last year.
Congratulate the whole team of Asian Myrmecology for this achievement!


New in June:

The first ant pictures after our restart in Germany

This month, we present the first photographs we produced after our retun to Germany. We managed to repair our camera system and now we are keen to share with our user the very first pictures taken by the new camera.
We are very grateful to Yamane san who provided some rare ant specimens from remote areas of South-East Asia to us.

Click here fore these pictures!

In Memory of Rudy J. Kohout

With great sadness we let you know that Rudy J. Kohout passed away on 26th May 2016. To remember and honor this outstanding ant taxonomist, we created a special page for his memorial.

Farewell Rudy!

ant-picnic-camponotus


Field Course on ants in Sri Lanka

Interested in learning about ant taxonomy and field sampling in a tropical country? Then you might want to attent the "Training course on field sampling methods and identification of ants" offered at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka during 15-16 September, 2016. It is even free of charge! Instructors will be internationally well respected ant scientists like Prof. Seiki Yamane, Prof. Sriyani Dias and Dr. Himender Bharti.
However, the deadline for international applicants is approaching fast: 15th June 2016. Apply soon!

For more information, please click here!


New Citizen Science Project: Ant Picnic Lesson Plan

When you are a teacher or working in any other educational position with children or grown-ups, you might be interested in the newest citizen science project of Rob Dunn. His team wants to set up a worldwide large-scaled study on what type of foods ants prefer and needs your help!

A great opportinity for children and students to feed ants, learn about nature and contribute to real science!

If you have any qestions, please click here!

ant-picnic-camponotusant hill


New in May:

Pictures of taxonomic works from Asian Myrmecology

This month, we present some photographs of ants from the taxonomic works published in Asian Myrmecology Volume 7. Our selection includes odd genera like Simopone shown for the first time on antbase.net and species from exotic type localities like a Pristomyrmex described as a new species from the Philippine island Mindoro.
And we present a Polyrhachis species named after the late Rudy J. Kohout described by Benjamin D. Hoffmann.

Have a look at these rarities!


Ants from Germany for Barcoding needed

The German Barcode of Life (GBOL)) project at the research museum Zoologischen Staatssammlung Munich wants to complete its collection of barcodes of ants from Germany. Therefore the team of the GBOL project is looking for samples of ants from Germany preserved in 96% ethanol. Here is a list of the already barcoded species. If you can help with any not listed species, please contact .

For more information, please click here!

Barcoding at the ZSM (in German language only)

Camponotusant hillFormica


Asian Myrmecology goes ONLINE FIRST!

This weekend, Asian Myrmecology has published its first papers as online first. And a DOI has been assigned to all papers including the ones of the back issues of this journal which allows a better citation and faster publication. Enjoy the new publications on taxonomy, morphology and ecology of Asian ants!

Have a look!

 

Identification keys for Bornean ants updated

We just updated our collection of identification keys for ants from Borneo. We refreshed the links for a free download of almost any identification key and added some new taxonomic studies covering ants from this tropical island. This list may become a valuable resource for every myrmecologist studying Bornean ants.
Click here!

Eurhopalothrix elkeMount KinabaluPolyrhachis armata


New in April:

High resolution pictures of Polyrhachis from Asia and Australia

Spring remains spiny! This month, we present further photographs of spiny ants from Australia and South-East-Asia. Again, all shown specimens were part of Dr. Dirk Mezger’s phylogenetic study on Polyrhachis done at the Moreau Lab at the Field Museum in Chicago. Click here for these fascinating ants!

Have a look at the spiny ants!


An Easter present for our valued antbase user:

Fascinating photographs of Polyrhachis

This month is getting spiny! We present some pictures of Australian spiny ants. The evolution of  Polyrhachis originated in South-East Asia, but spiny ants dispersed several times to Australia where they experienced a massive radiation with several hundreds of Polyrhachis species being found down under. Click here for a small selection!

The shown specimens were part of Dr. Dirk Mezger’s phylogenetic study done at the Moreau Lab at the Field Museum in Chicago. For the purpose of DNA-extraction, some legs were removed from the mounted specimens and Dirk processed their DNA according to the state of art of DNA work. For the first time on Antbase.net, you can even have a look at genes of the presented ants since we present Genbank numbers including links to the sequences. Enjoy the beauty of these great insects!

So we wish all of you a peaceful and happy Easter weekend and after a short break we will be back soon with more captivating pictures.

 

Symposium "Ants 2016" takes place in Munich

This year, the symposium "Ants 2016" will be held in Munich. The leading scientists of the world studying ant interactions with fungi, microbes, other insects, and plants will gather to Munich from 5-7 May this year. The researchers will give insights to their research and discuss their newest outcomes with their colleagues. Don't miss this inspiring event! For more information, see here!

Munichant_tritrophic_interactionant plant from Borneo


New in March: Two Sphingtomyrmex species from Thailand

This month we present pictures of Thai species of the enigmatic genus Sphingtomyrmex. Weeyawat Yaitrong and coworkers recently revised the species of this doryline genus from Thailand. Their work was published in the Far Eastern Entomologist. Here you may find pictures of Sphinctomyrmex furcatus and the very first photographs of the newly described S. siamensis.

Have a look!

Welcome to Dr. Dirk Mezger - the new project manager of www.antbase.net

Since the end of February we have a new project manager for antbase.net! Dr. Dirk Mezger has joint our team and will act as team leader and photographer. At the same time we opened our new lab at the University of Bayreuth. So now we really arrived in Germany!

Dr. Dirk MezgerPolyrachis illaudata

Dr. Mezger is well known to ant researchers for his recent study on Polyrhachis phylogeny. We will soon report on this fascinating genus of the Old World tropics.

 

Magda pic1

Brilliant photographs of living ants

Daniela Magdalena Sorger was an ecconomist, when she discovered her love for ants. She went to Mulu NP in Sarawak for her first field research and after that she worked for www.antbase.net as a photographer. This year she has finished her PhD in the lab of Rob Dunn (North Carolina State University). Now she published a website on her research (theantlife.com), which includes a photogallery with beautiul ant pictures. Have a look!

Magda Pic5 Magda pic3 Magda Pic4 Magda pic2

We are back to Germany!

After five years in Mongolia we have moved back to Germany in October. We took the TransSib train, while our equipment came by air freight. Martin got support from an old friend, Carl Beierkuhnlein, who is a professor for biogeography at the University of Bayreuth. He invited us to come to Bayreuth and to teach at his department from January 2016. So we came "back to our roots", as Martin made his Master Diploma at that university. Thank you Carl!

Three species of Recurvidris from Thailand from a recent publication of Weeyawat Jaitrong and Decha Wiwatwitaya


Immediately before we packed our lab for Germany our camera was broken. To present some pictures at Christmas time I asked Weeyawat Jaitrong for help. He sent us these lovely pictures from his recent publication in Indian Entomological Journal Halteres. We are really thankful for that and wish our readers all the best for Christmas holidays and a Happy, healthy and thrice blessed NEW YEAR 2016! We shall struggle to repair our equipment. But now please have a look to the new species Recurvidris chanapaithooni, which can be studied here, please click!

The last ant pictures "made in Mongolia"

As Martin is leaving Mongolia, he will also take the camera back to Germany. Anu, our Mongolian photographer has taken the chance to show what she has learned in the recent time. Here she presents excellent pictures of 17 ant species. The specimens have been donated and lend by Prof. Seiki Yamane, our Japanese counterpart, who is a exceptionally gifted ant researcher with a very large personal ant collection. We say thank you to both of them! Good luck Anu for your next job & private life!! In the next days our ant lab will move back to Germany after 5 years of stay in Mongolia. We hope to continue from there very soon. But now, please have a look to the photographs, including the typespecimen of Myrmica yamanei, please click!

New issue of Asian Myrmecology

In mid of holidays Asian Myrmecology has published its new issue with 18 most interesting papers on taxonomy, distribution and behavior of Asian ants. Check it out!

AM07title

 

ANTMAPS - a new online tool to visualize ant diversity and ant distribution

Benoit Guénard, University of Hong Kong, and Evan Economo, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, announce the release of AntMaps.org, a new online tool developed by Evan Economo, Julia Janicki, Benoit Guenard, Nitish Narula, and Matt Ziegler, to visualize ant diversity and distributions based on the Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics (GABI) database. GABI is a compilation of currently 1.6 million records of ant species occurrence records from nearly 8500 publications and numerous museum and specimen databases. We hearty congratulate to this effort that should also be a tool to identify erroneous or suspicious ant records. So if you are a specialist for a certain group, please check your favorite species!

AntMaps

There are several visualization tools implemented in AntMaps, 1) the Diversity View: the visualization of species richness patterns for any subfamily or genus, with clickable species list for each area , 2) the Species Range Map: you can view a range map for all 15,000 species and subspecies, with clickable access to underlying records behind the occurrence of a species in an area, 3) the Region Comparison: you can compare the overlap of species between any two regions, or map the geographic spread of species that occur in a given region. 

 

Higher impact for Asian Myrmecology

Good News for Ant Researchers: ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY enhances its Impact Factor to 0.889, rank 54 in Entomology! 5-years-IF is even 0.912.

Asian Myrmecology Vol.6 coming soon

 

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

peat_swamp

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 antweb.org 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 www.antbase.net:

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 www.antbase.net.. Quality is fine! Have a look, please....

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

Our baby break 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!

www.antbase.net 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 struggeling...to keep pace with the current proceedings in myrmecology.

First call for ANeT 2015 meeting in Sri Lanka

 

ANeT2013

"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 antbase.net 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 www.antbase.net 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 www.antbase.net!

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 www.antbase.net, 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 Antbase.net he shows pictures of the most important ant species of Germany from this famous book: "Ameisen: beobachten, bestimmen" (Naturbuchverlag).
GO!

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.
GO!

© 2003-2016. Martin Pfeiffer. University of Bayreuth.
Designed and maintained by Martin Pfeiffer

semut

 

AM Online first

Since May 2016, papers of Asian Myrmecology will be published as online first.

Kalimantan_ant-guide

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