From 1971 to 2004 Barry Bolton was the ant taxonomist in the Department of Entomology at the British Museum (Natural History), later renamed as The Natural History Museum, London. Since retirement in 2004 he has remained a Scientific Associate of the Museum and continues his taxonomic studies in peace and quiet.
Bolton’s taxonomic work has ranged across the entire family Formicidae and consists mostly of taxonomic revisions of whole genera or higher taxa, either on a world basis or focused upon particular zoogeographical regions. He has also made contributions to ant morphology, systematics, phylogeny and biodiversity, and has produced a number of synoptic surveys, including the Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World (1994), the New General Catalogue of the Ants of the World (1995) and the Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae (2003). His revision of the world Dacetini (2000), constructed together with Steve Shattuck and Brian Fisher, contains the greatest number of new species yet described in a single publication on ants (454). This huge total merely gives an indication of the enormous number of ant species that may remain to be discovered in groups that have not previously been investigated in detail.
BELSHAW, R. & BOLTON, B. 1993. The effect of forest disturbance on the leaf litter ant fauna in Ghana. Biodiversity and Conservation 2: 656-666.
BELSHAW, R. & BOLTON, B. 1994. A survey of the leaf litter ant fauna in Ghana, West Africa. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 3: 5-16.
Bolton, B. 1975a. A revision of the ant genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian region with a review of the Malagasy species. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 31: 235-305
Bolton, B. 1976. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Constituent genera, review of smaller genera and revision of Triglyphothrix Forel. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 34: 281-379
Bolton, B. 1977. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions, and in Australia. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 36: 67-151
Bolton, B. 1980. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 40: 193-384
Bolton, B. 1981a. A revision of the ant genera Meranoplus F. Smith, Dicroaspis Emery and Calyptomyrmex Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 42: 43-81
Bolton, B. 1982. Afrotropical species of the myrmecine ant genera Cardiocondyla, Leptothorax, Melissotarsus, Messor and Cataulacus (Formicidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology, 46: 307-370
Bolton, B. 1986b. Apterous females and shift of dispersal strategy in the Monomorium salomonis-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 20: 267-272
Bolton, B. 1990e. Army ants reassessed: the phylogeny and classification of the doryline section (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 2 24: 1339-1364
BOLTON, B. 1990. Generic synopsis, keys to subfamilies, and keys to ant genera. Pp. 9-19 and 33-54; in Hölldobler B. & Wilson, E.O. THE ANTS: 732 pp. Harvard University Press.
Bolton, B. 1992a. [Untitled. Subfamily Leptanilloidinae Bolton, new subfamily.] P. 317 in: Baroni Urbani, C., Bolton, B., Ward, P. S. The internal phylogeny of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 17:301-329.
Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp.
Bolton, B. 1995a. A taxonomic and zoogeographical census of the extant ant taxa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 2 29: 1037-1056
Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp.
Bolton, B. 1998a. Monophyly of the dacetonine tribe-group and its component tribes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Entomol. Ser. 67: 65-78
Bolton, B. 1998b. A preliminary analysis of the ants of the Pasoh Forest Reserve. Pp. 84-95 in: Lee, S. S.; Dan, Y. M.; Gauld, I. D.; Bishop, J. (eds.) Conservation, management and development of forest resources. Proceedings of the Malaysia-United Kingdom Programme Workshop 21-24 October 1996. Kuala Lumpur: International Institute for Environment and Development, 392 pp.: 84-95
Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 65: 1-1028
Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp
BOLTON, B. 2005. Key to British Myrmica species (workers). BWARS Newsletter, Spring 2005: 13-14.
BOLTON, B. 2007. How to conduct large-scale taxonomic revisions in Formicidae (pp. 52-71). In, Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 690 pp.
BOLTON, B. & COLLINGWOOD, C. A. 1975. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. Royal Entomological Society of London 6 (3c). Hymenoptera, Formicidae: 34 pp.
BOLTON, B., DEJEAN, A. & NGNEGUEU, P.-R. 1992. Les fourmis du sol. In Biologie d'une Canopée de Forêt Equatoriale - II. Part 4. Interface entre les Plantes et les Animaux: 83-86.
Bolton, B. and B. L. Fisher. 2008c. Afrotropical ants of the ponerine genera Centromyrmex Mayr, Promyopias Santschi gen. rev. and Feroponera gen. n., with a revised key to genera of African Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 1929: 1-37.
Bolton, B.; Gotwald, W. H., Jr.; Leroux, J. M. 1979 . A new West African ant of the genus Plectroctena with ecological notes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Univ. Abidjan Sér. E (Écol.) 9: 371-381
BILLEN, J., ITO, F. & BOLTON, B. 2000. Femoral and tibial glands in the ant genus Strumigenys. Belgian Journal of Zoology 130: 111-115.
DEJEAN, A. & BOLTON, B. 1995. Fauna sheltered by Procubitermes niapuensis termitaries of the African rainforest. Journal of African Zoology 109: 481-487.
DEJEAN, A., BOLTON, B. & DURAND, J. L. 1997. Cubitermes subarquatus termitaries as shelters for soil fauna in African rainforests. Journal of Natural History 31: 1289-1302.
DEJEAN, A., DURAND, J. L. & BOLTON, B. 1996. Ants inhabiting Cubitermes termitaries in African rain forests. Biotropica 28: 701-713.
GAULD, I. D. & BOLTON, B. [Editors] 1988. THE HYMENOPTERA: 332 pp. Oxford University Press + British Museum (Natural History). [Second edition: 1996.]
LAWTON, J. H., BIGNELL, D. E., BOLTON, B., BLOEMERS, G. F., EGGLETON, P., HAMMOND, P. M., HODDA, M., HOLT, R. D., LARSEN, T. B., MAWDSLEY, N. A., STORK, N. E., SRIVASTAVA, D. S. & WATT, A. D. 1998. Biodiversity inventories, indicator taxa and effects of habitat modification in tropical forest. Nature 391 (issue no. 6662): 72-76.
MEMMOTT, J., GODFRAY, H. C. J. & BOLTON, B. 1993. Predation and parasitism in a tropical herbivore community. Ecological Entomology 18: 348-352.
Ward, P. S.; Bolton, B.; Shattuck, S. O.; Brown, W. L., Jr. 1996. A bibliography of ant systematics. Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 116: 1-417
WATT, A., STORK, N.E., McBEATH, C. & BOLTON, B. 1995. Ecology of insects in Cameroon plantation forests. Final Report to UK Overseas Development Administration (ODA)/GOC Office. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (Natural Environment Research Council) 1995: 121 pp.
WATT, A.D., STORK, N.E. & BOLTON, B. 2002. The diversity and abundance of ants in relation to forest disturbance and plantation establishment in southern Cameroon. Journal of Applied Ecology 39: 18-30.
WAY, M. J. & BOLTON, B. 1997. Competition between ants for coconut palm nesting sites. Journal of Natural History 31: 439-455.
WAY, M. J., CAMMELL, M. E., BOLTON, B., & KANAGARATNAM, P. 1989. Ants as egg predators of coconut pests, especially in relation to biological control of the coconut caterpillar, Opisina arenosella Walker, in Sri Lanka. Bulletin of Entomological Research 79: 219-233.