A New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World

A New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World

by Barry Bolton




“A name is forever, or at least as long as taxonomy continues,” Barry Bolton writes, and here are all the names, antique and modern, of all the ants that are or ever were—from the arctic to the tropical, the fossilized to the living, the mislabeled to the newly christened members of the family Formicidae. For every name that has ever been applied to ants, the book supplies a history and an account of current usage, together with a fully documented indication of the present-day classification. Its comprehensive bibliography provides references to original description, synonymy, homonymy, changes in rank, status, and availability, and alterations in generic status.

Organized by family group, genus group, and species group, this meticulously detailed but easily used volume is the ultimate resource for myrmecology. Along with Bolton’s Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World, it will be the essential reference for anyone, expert or amateur, with an interest in ants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674615144
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/20/1995
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Barry Bolton, now retired, is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and Myrmecologist in the Biodiversity Division, Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London.

Table of Contents


Checklist of Fossil Taxa

Catalogue of Family-Group (Suprageneric) Taxa

Catalogue of Genus-Group Taxa

Catalogue of Species-Group Taxa


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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is as it states.. a CATALOG only! there is no Identification key, no pictorial key. It states use of catalog, a very brief paragraph of ant classification, and general references. Even the way they catalog it is confusing. The pictures on the cover are the only ants you will see in entire book.