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The branch of entomology that deals with ants.

myr′me·co·log′i·cal (-kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
myr′me·col′o·gist n.


(Zoology) the branch of zoology concerned with the study of ants
myrmecological, ˌmyrmecoˈlogic adj
ˌmyrmeˈcologist n


(ˌmɜr mɪˈkɒl ə dʒi)

the branch of entomology dealing with ants.
[< Greek myrmēk-, s. of mýrmēx ant + -o- + -logy]
myr`me•co•log′i•cal (-kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
myr`me•col′o•gist, n.


the branch of entomology that studies ants. — myrmecologist, n.myrmecologic, myrmecological, adj.
See also: Ants
the study of ants.
See also: Insects


The branch of zoology that deals with the study of ants.
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In The Social Conquest of Earth, Wilson, whose expertise is in biodiversity and myrmecology (the study of ants), charts the unfolding of the human evolutionary biological paradigm, explaining how humankind, and separately, certain invertebrates like wasps, were predisposed to develop highly organized society by certain mutative or transitional events of natural selection, which themselves created new, unique paradigms--new, unforeseen possibilities for development and cognitive sophistication.
Edward Osborne Wilson is a globally renowned American biologist, naturalist and author, and is considered the world's leading expert in myrmecology, the study of ants.
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That myrmecology, the study of ants, has never enjoyed the status of a distinct discipline has much to do with scientists' own obsessions.
The latter provides a layperson's version of The Ants, their scholarly summary of the main lines of investigation in myrmecology.
The morphological identification was done in 2 stages: to the morphospecies level by comparing the samples to ones deposited in the collection of the Laboratory of Myrmecology of Alto Tiete, at the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes, state of Sao Paulo and then to the species level by Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin.
We are grateful to the Brazilian research agencies FAPEMIG, CNPq, PRONEX SECTI-FAPESB/CNPq - PNX 0011/2009, to Jose Adade, Jose Raimundo Maia, and Jose Crispin (Laboratory of Myrmecology at the Cocoa Research Center, Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil) and to the 2 reviewers who greatly improved the manuscript with their suggestions.
In weighing Mutis' contribution to myrmecology, we have to take into account several handicaps: the scarcity of time he was able to devote to the ants, given his many other tasks and responsibilities and, above all, the diminutive size of the ants, which makes description a great challenge.
Voucher specimens were deposited in the collection of the Laboratory of Myrmecology (CPDC), Cocoa Research Center, CEPLAC, Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil.