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Pseudomyrmecinae is a small subfamily of ants containing only three genera of slender, large-eyed arboreal ants, predominantly tropical or subtropical in distribution.[1] In the course of adapting to arboreal conditions (unlike the predominantly ground-dwelling myrmeciins), the pseudomyrmecines diversified and came to occupy and retain a much wider geographic range.[2]

Pseudomyrmecinae
Pseudomyrmex gracilis casent0103874 profile 1.jpg
Pseudomyrmex gracilis (elongate twig ant) worker
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Pseudomyrmecinae

Smith, 1952
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Pseudomyrmecini

Smith, 1952
Type genus
Pseudomyrmex
Lund, 1831

Pseudomyrmecinae consists of 230 described species in three genera. Among those, 32 species live in plant domatia, making them the most diverse plant-occupying ant group worldwide.

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  1. ^ "Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae". antweb.org. AntWeb. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. ^ Ward, Philip S.; Downie, Douglas A. (2005). "The ant subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): phylogeny and evolution of big-eyed arboreal ants: Phylogeny and evolution of big-eyed arboreal ants". Systematic Entomology. 30 (2): 310–335. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2004.00281.x.

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