Barry Bolton

Barry Bolton

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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.

ANT TAXONOMY

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Agosti, D.; Bolton, B. 1990a. The identity of Andragnathus, a forgotten formicine ant genus (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 126: 75-77

Agosti, D.; Bolton, B. 1990b. New characters to differentiate the ant genera Lasius F. and Formica L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomol. Gaz. 41: 149-156

Baroni Urbani, C.; Bolton, B.; Ward, P. S. 1992. The internal phylogeny of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 17: 301-329

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. 1994a. A new myrmicine ant genus from cocoa leaf litter in Ghana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 28: 631-634

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. 1969. Male of Paedalgus termitolestes W. M. Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Niger. Entomol. Mag. 2: 14-16

Bolton, B. 1971. Two new subarboreal species of the ant genus Strumigenys (Hym., Formicidae) from West Africa. Entomol. Mon. Mag. 107: 59-64

Bolton, B. 1972. Two new species of the ant genus Epitritus from Ghana, with a key to the world species (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 107: 205-208

Bolton, B. 1973a. The ant genera of West Africa: a synonymic synopsis with keys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 27: 317-368

Bolton, B. 1973b. The ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith in the Ethiopian region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 28: 283-369

Bolton, B. 1973c. A remarkable new arboreal ant genus (Hym. Formicidae) from West Africa. Entomol. Mon. Mag. 108: 234-237

Bolton, B. 1974a. A revision of the Palaeotropical arboreal ant genus Cataulacus F. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 30: 1-105

Bolton, B. 1974b [1973]. New synonymy and a new name in the ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 109: 172-180

Bolton, B. 1974c. A revision of the ponerine ant genus Plectroctena F. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 30: 309-338

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. 1975b. A revision of the African ponerine ant genus Psalidomyrmex André (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 32: 1-16

Bolton, B. 1975c. The sexspinosa-group of the ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith (Hym. Formicidae). J. Entomol. Ser. B 44: 1-14

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. 1979. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Malagasy region and in the New World. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 38: 129-181

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. 1981b. A revision of six minor genera of Myrmicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 43: 245-307

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. 1983. The Afrotropical dacetine ants (Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 46: 267-416

Bolton, B. 1984. Diagnosis and relationships of the myrmicine ant genus Ishakidris gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 9: 373-382

Bolton, B. 1985. The ant genus Triglyphothrix Forel a synonym of Tetramorium Mayr. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 19: 243-248

Bolton, B. 1986a. A taxonomic and biological review of the tetramoriine ant genus Rhoptromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 11: 1-17

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. 1987. A review of the Solenopsis genus-group and revision of Afrotropical Monomorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 54: 263-452

Bolton, B. 1988a. A new socially parasitic Myrmica, with a reassessment of the genus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 13: 1-11

Bolton, B. 1988b. A review of Paratopula Wheeler, a forgotten genus of myrmicine ants (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 124: 125-143

Bolton, B. 1988c. Secostruma, a new subterranean tetramoriine ant genus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 13: 263-270

Bolton, B. 1990a. Abdominal characters and status of the cerapachyine ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 24: 53-68

Bolton, B. 1990d. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Leptanillinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 15: 267-282

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. 1991. New myrmicine genera from the Oriental Region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 1-13

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. 1992b. A review of the ant genus Recurvidris (Hym.: Formicidae), a new name for Trigonogaster Forel. Psyche (Camb.) 99: 35-48

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. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 3 33: 1639-1689

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., ALPERT, G., WARD, P.S. & NASKRECKI, P. 2007. BOLTON’S CATALOGUE OF ANTS OF THE WORLD, 1758 – 2005. Compact Disc Edition, Harvard University Press.

Bolton, B. 2007. Taxonomy of the dolichoderine ant genus Technomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) based on the worker caste. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 35(1): 1-149.

Bolton, B.; Belshaw, R. 1993. Taxonomy and biology of the supposedly lestobiotic ant genus Paedalgus (Hym.: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 18: 181-189

Bolton, B.; Brown, W. L., Jr.. 2002. Loboponera gen. n. and a review of the Afrotropical Plectroctena genus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Entomol. Ser. 71: 1-18

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. & FISHER, B.L. 2008a. The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Asphinctopone Santschi. Zootaxa 1827: 53-61.

Bolton, B. and B. L. Fisher. 2008b. The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Phrynoponera Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 1892: 35-52.

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. & Fisher, B.L. 2011. Taxonomy of Afrotropical and West Palaearctic ants of the ponerine genus Hypoponera Santschi. Zootaxa 2843: 1-118.

Bolton, B.; Gotwald, W. H., Jr.; Leroux, J. M. 1979 [1976]. A new West African ant of the genus Plectroctena with ecological notes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Univ. Abidjan Sér. E (Écol.) 9: 371-381

Bolton, B.; Marsh, A. C. 1989. The Afrotropical thermophilic ant genus Ocymyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 2 23: 1267-1308

Bolton, B., Sosa-Calvo, J., Fernández, F. & Lattke, J.E. 2008. New synonyms in neotropical myrmicine ants. Zootaxa 1732: 61-64.

Bolton, B., E. E. Palacio and F. Fernández. 2003. Morfolog�a y glosario. Pages 221-232 in Fernández, F. Introducci�n a las hormigas de la regi�n neotropical. Instituto Humboldt, Bogot�. 424 pp.

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.

Fisher, B. L. and B. Bolton. 2007. The ant genus Pseudaphomomyrmex Wheeler, 1920 a junior synonym of Tapinoma Foerster, 1850. Zootaxa 1427: 65-68

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.

Ogata, K.; Bolton, B. 1989. A taxonomic note on the ant Monomorium intrudens F. Smith (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Jpn. J. Entomol. 57: 459-460

Rigato, F.; Bolton, B. 2001. The ant genus Liomyrmex: a review (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Boll. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 133: 247-256

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.

REFERENCE

Bolton B, Alpert G, Ward PS, Naskrecki P. 2007. [CD-ROM] Bolton’s Catalogue of the Ants of the World. Harvard University Press.

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