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

New in February:

New ant pictures from Malaysia

In February 2019, we present a small selection of ants from Malaysia from our Antbase.Net Collection. This selection even includes an alate of Colobopsis explodens which was described last year as a species new to science by Alice Laciny and Herbert Zettel.

Have fun with our rain forest ants from Malaysia!

First Announcement of the 12th ANeT International Conference 2019

The 12th ANeT International Conference 2019 will take place from 11 - 15 Nov, 2019 at Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. More information regarding registration, abstract submission and other relevant data will follow soon.

New in January:

More ant pictures from all over the world

Happy New Year! We hope you had a good start to 2019! This month, we present another colourful selection of ants from Italy, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia from our Antbase.Net Collection.

Enjoy the first month of 2019 with our new ant photographs!

First record of Brachymyrmex patagonicus from continental Asia
Another new paper went Online First in December!

On 31st December 2918, a new Asian Myrmecology paper went online first. Benoit Guénard reports on the discovery of Brachymyrmex patagonicus in Hong Hong which is the first record of this emerging global pest ant from continental Asia..

Have a look at the newest findings in ant research!

New in December:

New photographs of ants as Xmas gift

This month, we invite you to another myrmecological journey around the world. We present high resolution pictures of ants from Martinique, the United States, Germany, Namibia and Malaysia as Xmas present to our users. Have a look at our treasures of Collection!

Enjoy your holiday season with our ant pictures!

PhD position in Behavioural Ecology of ants

Dr. Florian Menzel, University of Mainz, Germany is offering a PhD position in the behavioural ecology of ants. The candidate will investigate behavioural responses to footprints in ants, their chemical and behavioural mechanisms, and the consequences for colony fitness and competitive interactions. He/she will perform lab and field experiments as well as simulation studies. Please remember that there is an application deadline: 15th December 2018.

Detailed decription of the PhD position

New in October:

New ant pictures from Asia and Europe

In October 2018, we added a new colorful selection of ant pictures to our ever growing virtual collection on We present six species from Germany, Italy and India. This time, we even show some extras together with the ants pictures: for some specimen, we display a photograph of the habitat where the ant was collected. Or do you want to discover tiny arthropods associated with ants?

Have a look and enjoy our new ant pictures!

New in September:

More new photographs of ants from Asia

In September, we present the last part of the collection Professor Seiki Yamane provided to This time, our monthly selection includes ants from Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Again, many thanks to Seiki san for allowing us to show these wonderful specimens on!

Have a wonderful fall with our ant photographs!

The life history of the doryline ant Lioponera daikoku
Another AM paper went Online First in August!

August 2018 is a very productive time for Asian Myrmecology since six paper went online first in this month. The latest paper is presents a study on colony structure and life history of Lioponera daikoku, a basal doryline ant from Japan.

Have a look at the newest adavnces in ant research!

New in August:

New photographs of ants from Japan, New Guinea and Germany

In August, we show you a colorful selection of ant photographs from Japan, New Guinea and Germany. Again, many thanks to Seiki san for providing most of these valuable specimens to!

Enjoy the summer with our ant pictures!

Call for specimens: SEM study on morphology of resin collecting ants

Christine Grabatin from the University of Bonn, Germany needs specimens for her PhD study on resin collecting ants. She is studying the mandible structure with SEM in order to to detect structures on the workers' mandibles that explain why the resin does not really stick to the mandibles when being worked. The results might provide new insights to the evolution of social behaviour. A number of species are most interesting for her project: Formica paralugubris, Gauromyrmex sp. and all Vollenhovia species, especially Vollenhovia sp. aff. acanthina

More information on Christine's PhD project!

In Memory of Ulrich Maschwitz

© 2018 Marlis Merbach

In Memory of Ulrich Maschwitz (1937 - 2018)

With great sadness we let you know that Prof. Ulrich Maschwitz passed away on 25th July 2018 after long illness.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Maschwitz dedicated his life to the study of Asian ants, with Malaysia as a focus point of his work. He was a real ant expert, a great observer, who knew fascinating details of the life history and behavioral ecology of rare (tropical) ants, guided his students to the most interesting fields of research and translated the observations into marvelous scientific reports of stunning ant behavior. His enthusiasm, spirit, humor and philanthropy will be missed sadly.

Continue with an obitary written by Prof Dr. Heike Feldhaar.

Five new AM paper went Online First in August

On 1st and 2nd August 2018, five more Asian Myrmecology paper went online first. These publications present a wide range of fascinating facts of Asian ants starting with a study on the biology of Lioponera, a work on the taxonomy of the Leptogenys chalybaea species group including descriptions of two new species and a paper on queen polymorphism in Acanthomyrmex careoscrobis.
Are you more interested in the community ecology of ants in Borneon peat swamp forests or the predation behaviour of Colobopsis?

Enjoy the summer with at the newest findings in myrmecology!

New in July:

More pictures of ants from Germany

This month, we present some ant photographs in order to enhance our section Ants of Germany. These specimens were collected by Seiki Yamane during his visit to Germany in spring 2016. Many thanks to Seiki san for providing these specimens!

Enjoy our images of ants from Central Europe!

New in June:

A further selection of ant photographs

In June, we present a new colorful array of high resolution photographs of various ant species from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. This month, our selection includes pictures of Seiki Yamane's collection and Jochen Drescher's collection of the EFForTS project.

Have fun with our ant photographs!

New in May:

New high resolution photographs of unusual ants

This month, we present again a selection of special ants to you: we start with photographs of the new described exploding ant Colobopsis explodens which made it into the news and almost went viral. We continue our presentation with a species of cryptic leaf litter ants from the Japanese Ryukyu Islands from the collection of Seiki Yamane san. Last, but not least we show you two Tetramorium species from the mountains of Sarawak which were photographed and described some years ago by Dr. Magdalena D. Sorger.

Enjoy our new photographs!

New in April:

Six new photographs of rare ants from Asia

In April, we continue our presentations of new high resultation photographs of ants. This time, a selection of species from Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan is waiting for you! This selection cotains some very rare species like Protanilla lini and Paraparatrechina kongming which are rarely shown on other websites. Again, many thanks to Seiki Yamane san for providing these six-legged treasures!

Have a look!

Renewal of grew constantly with an astonishing increase of the picture quality and the quantity since its foundation in 2004 with some very first simple technology photographs of ants from Malaysia.
Currently presents high resolution photographs of 1151 specimens from 826 species (deadline 8th February 2018) These specimens represent 119 genera and ten subfamilies. Even if still has a focus on ants from Asia and the Palaearctic region, this website presents ants from 34 countries of all continents.
Since the last decade experienced many changes in ant systematics due to countless advances in ant research, it was time for us to sort all species according to the current ant systematics. This work was used to integrate all ant photographs to the our database and doing a light cleanup on the website. We refreshed some country and regional presentations and removed a few outdated tools. We hope you enjoy the changes and invite you to explore the renewed

Have fun!

Renewal of

New in March:

New pictures of six Polyrhachis species from Asia

This month, we present a selection of charismatic Polyrhachis species from South Korea, Thailand, and Indonesiac as Easter gift to our user. These spiny ants are part of Seiki Yamane san's collection and Jochen Drescher's collection of the EFForTS project.

Enjoy our high resolution photographs and Happy Easter!

New in February:

New pictures of ants from Germany

In February 2018, we present some of high resolution photographs of ants from Germany in our monthly section. Again, these ants are part of Seiki Yamane san's collection who collected them during a visit to Germany in 2016.

Have a look on five Formica species and Tapinoma erraticum!

The ant fauna of Oman, Aphaenogster from Thailand and the morphology of Brachyponera sennaarensis
Three new AM paper went Online First in February

On 13th and 16th February 2018, three more Asian Myrmecology paper went online first. One paper presents an overview of the ant fauna of Oman including the description of two new species, a short communication explains the biology of six Aphaenogaster from Thailand and the third paper shows the morphology and ultrastructure of the ant Brachyponera sennaarensis.

Have a look at the newest findings in myrmecology!
A new website with ant related educational resources for school teachers

Recently, Dr. Magdalena Sorger launched a website called This site is a hub for educational resources primarily for school teachers (with students age 6-18) who want to bring ants and ant science into their classrooms. This site provides educational material, citizen science projects and reading material.
Even if this website is developed basically for the use in the United States, might be useful for educational projects all around the world.


Volume 9 published and two more paper went online first

31st January 2018 was a very important day for ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY. On this day, the print edition of volume 9, printed in December 2017, was made available online. Furthermore, two more paper went online first. One paper is a description of a new Leptanilla species discovered in Macau by Chi-Man Leong, Seiki Yamane and Benoit Guénard. The other paper deals with the taxonomy of an Aphaenogaster species from the Caucasus by Sebastian Salata and Lech Borowiec.
And of course, ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY offers free access to all of its papers!

AM Online first

New in January:

New pictures of ants from Taiwan

Happy New Year! 2018, we start our monthly section of new high resolution ant photographs with some ants from Taiwan. Seiki Yamane san collected them on a field trip to this island and provided them to Dear Seiki, thank you so much for these rare ants!

Have a look at these species!

New in December:

New photographs of ants as Xmas present

This month, we present high resolution photographs of ants from Taiwan as Xmas present to our users. These specimens were collected by Professor Seiki Yamane san who kindly provided some valuable ant specimens to Have a look at the treasures of the Seiki Yamane Collection!

Enjoy your holiday season with our ant pictures!

An new species of Strongylognathus and feeding behaviour of Acanthomyrmex
Two new AM paper went Online First in November

On 16th Novemember, two more Asian Myrmecology paper went online first: one taxonomic work describing a new species of Strongylognathus from Inner Mongolia, China, and a short communication describes fig seed harvesting behaviour of Acanthomyrmex ferox from Malaysia.

Do not miss the new described Strongylognathus species and learn about the behaviour of Acanthomyrmex!

Ants in the city and nuptial flights of Crematogaster
Two more AM paper went Online First in October

October is a very productive month for Asian Myrmecology since two more paper just went online first. One of these papers is about the fascinating urban ant diversity discovered in Macao, while another paper presents a study on nuptial flights of Crematogaster living in Macaranga trees.

Discover the ants of Macao and read about nuptial flights of acrobat ants!

An Asian Myrmecology paper on polymorphism of Gesomyrmex ants goes Online First in October

Gesomyrmex is a little known, but enigmatic genus of arboreal ants from the tropical rain forests of South-East Asia. Christian Peeters and his co-workers report on striking polymorphism among infertile helpers in these formicine ants.

Learn more about Gesomyrmex!

ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY made an important step to become awarded by the government of Malaysia

It was just announced that ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY fulfills the recognition requirementt of the 2017 CREAM award! CREAM awards (Current Research in Malaysia) have been introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, to honor academic journals which have been showcasing noticeable performance and promising growth.
Such awards are also a recognition given to scientific publishers that have been maintaining quality publications, as well as executing successful strategies in continuing growing their scholarly journals. We congratulate the editors and the publishing team of ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY, as well as University Malaysia Sabah to first, but important step towards CREAM!


New in October:

New photographs of ants from South-East Asia

In 2010, Martin Pfeiffer and Hans-Peter Katzmann travelled to the Natural History Museum in London to take high resolution photographs of some specimens of its famous ant collection. Most of these photographs were already presented on many years ago. However, we recently discovered that some of these ant pictures have not been published yet. Therefore we present six specimen of the NHM this month.

Have fun with our ant pictures!

Only one week left to the 11th ANeT meeting!
Attend as a conference delegate!

The 11th ANeT meeting will be held from 26th to 28th October 2017 at the Punjabi University Patiala, India. You may still register to attend this meeting as a participant, even if the deadline for abstract submission has already expired. You may find all relevant information regarding registration and other important data on the official conference website.

We hope to see you soon at the 11th ANeT meeting in India!

New in August:

New photographs of Asian and European ants

This month, is not on summer holiday. Therefore we present a further selection of ant pictures from Malaysia and Germany. Our monthly selection includes impressive pictures of alates of some well known species like Lasius niger and Camponotus arrogans.
We even offer a little bonus this month since we discovered some ant mites on our Lasius niger specimens.

Enjoy the summer with our ant pictures!

New in July:

New pictures of ants from Europe and South-East Asia

In July, we show a small selection of ant pictures from Greece, Germany and Malaysia. We present some species of carpenter ants including a rarely collected subspecies of Dinomyrmex, one of the largest ants of this group.
This month, you may further discover two stunning major worker ants of the hyperdiverse genus Pheidole.

Enjoy these ant pictures!

Two more Asian Myrmecology papers go Online First in June

You are interested in the extinct ant genus Enneamerus from Baltic amber? Or do you want to learn all about the endocrine system of Aneuretus simoni?
Then you do not want to miss the newest publications published as Online first in Asian Myrmecology on 21st and 23rd June.

Get these papers!

New in June:

New pictures of unusual ants from South-East Asia

In June, we present a small selection of ants from several countries of South-East Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. We show some acrobat ants from the collection of Seiki Yamane, a Diacamma species from Gunung Mulu National Park named after the ant researcher Magdalena Sorger and some rarely shown casts of Acanthomyrmex!

Have a look at these six-legged treasures!

An Asian Myrmecology paper on behavioral ecology of Myrmoteras ants goes Online First in June

Myrmoteras is a little known genus of leaf litter ants from the tropical forests of Asia. Fuminori Ito and his co-workers report on colony composition and behavioral characteristics of two species living in the rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia.

Get this paper!

Commemorating the first anniversary of
Rudolf J. Kohout's death

The 26th May marks the first anniversary of the death of Rudolf J. Kohout. This outstanding ant taxonomist is known for his significant work on the spiny ant genus Polyrhachis. On a special page, we want to honour and remember Rudy by presenting an obitary and exclusive pictures of spiny ants from his personal collection.

Rest in peace, Rudy!

Commemorating the first anniversary of Rudolf J. Kohout's death

The metapleural gland of Aneuretus simoni - a second Asian Myrmecology paper goes Online First in May

Aneuretus simoni is an enigmatic ant species being endemic to Sri Lanka. Johan Billen from the University of Leuven studied the metapleural glands of these ants in detail and published his results on 17th May 2017 in Asian Myrmecology.

Learn about Aneuretus simoni!

An Asian Myrmecology paper on Lasius niger published Online First in May

You are interested in factors that affect colony growth of the black garden ant, Lasius niger?
Then you should read the new publication of Natalia E. L. Madsen and Joachim Offenberg from Aarhus University!

Read this paper!

April 2017 is a very productive month for Asian Myrmecology:
Two more paper went Online First!

On 27th April, two short communications about ants of Singapore were published: one study deals on the ecology of Tyrannomyrmex, while the other paper provides insights to the foraging behavior of Prenolepis.
And for the first time in the history of Asian Myrmecology, you can even watch some short videos of these ants videotaped by the authors of the papers!

Have a look at the newest publications of Asian Myrmecology!

New in April:

New pictures of rare ants

In many cases, male ants are a somewhat neglegted in myrmecology. Therefore we decided this month to include high resolution photographs of three male specimens to our selection of ant pictures. For two species, it is even the first time ever that a picture of a male specimen is presented online or in any publication: Acanthomyrmex concavus and Strumigenys rofocala.

Enjoy these rarities!

Save this date: 11th ANeT meeting in India!

Update-Registration is open

The next International Conference on Ants (11th ANeT meeting) will take place from 26th to 28th October 2017 at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala, India.
Fore more information regarding registration, abstract submission and other relevant data, please visit the official conference website.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 11th ANeT meeting in India!

A study on Chinese Leptanillinae published in Asian Myrmecology goes Online First

April 2017 is becoming a very productive month for Asian Myrmecology!
On 13th April, a new study on the distribution of Leptanillinae in China including the description of a new Protanilla species has been published.

Learn about these enigmatic Chinese ants!

Two Asian Myrmecology papers published Online First in April

You want to learn about ant gardens including their inhabitants in South-East Asia? Or do you want to know how to why males are important for the identification of Anochetus?
Then you do not want to miss two new Asian Myrmecology manuscripts published on 5th April 2017!

Read these papers!

New in March:

A colorful selection of new ant pictures

With the beginning of spring (or fall if you live on the southern hemisphere), we present a colorful selection of six ants from three continents. Discover our selection of ant species from Malaysia, Thailand, Domimica and Canada including a paratype of a rare Crematogaster species!

Have a look!

A further publication of Asian Myrmecology Volume 9 was published Online First in March

On 9th March, a further paper of Asian Myrmecology Volume 9 was published Online First. Kazutaka Syoji and Katuyuki Eguchi from Tokyo Metropolitan University studied nesting behaviour of two sympatric myrmecines from Japanese broad-leave forests.

Don't miss this paper!

International Field Course on ants in Sri Lanka

Interested in learning about ant taxonomy and field sampling in a tropical country in South Asia? Then you might want to attent the "International training course on field sampling methods and identification of ants" offered at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka during 08-09 April, 2017. It is even free of charge!
However, the deadline for applications is approaching very fast: 15th March 2017. Apply soon!

Have a look at the offical poster!

For more information, please click here!

New in February:

Ant photographs from four continents

Winter still rules the northern hemisphere. Therefore we invite you to a myrmecological journey to the warmer parts of the world with ants from Australia, Malaysia, Greece and Ivory Coast.

Click here to enjoy the myrmecological beauties!

The first article of Asian Myrmecology Volume 9 was published Online First in February

On 14th February, the first paper of Asian Myrmecology Volume 9 was published Online First. In this publication, James K. Wetterer reviewed the geographic distribution of the weaver ant Oecophylla smaragdina .

Have a look at this new article!

New in January:

Further new pictures of uncommon Crematogaster species

We hope you had a great start to 2017! We continue our series of rarely collected acrobat ant species with new pictures of specimens from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philipinnes of the collection of Seiki Yamane. Happy new year!

Have a look on the diversity of acrobat ants!

New in December:

Pictures of six rare acrobat ant species

This festive season is getting acrobatic! As a christmas gift, we present to you a selection of rarely shown Crematogaster acrobat ants from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam of the collection of Seiki Yamane. Happy holidays!

Click here to enjoy the little acrobats!

New in November:

Launch 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!

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, Thailand, 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 and, 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 and

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!


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 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, 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

Since the end of February we have a new project manager for! 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 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 (, which includes a photogallery with beautiul ant pictures. Have a look!

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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!



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, 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!


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)


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 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! 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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AM Online first

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


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