On this Christmas Day, Americans across the country come together to celebrate the national holiday in their own way. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Agnostics appreciate a day off from work. Myrmecologists dwell on the ants of Christmas Island.

This is the location of Christmas Island:

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One of the earliest treatments of ants on this island is found in Horace Donisthorpe‘s renowned 1935 Christmas classic, The Ants of Christmas Island.

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A picture from the original The Ants of Christmas Island

Inspired by this joyous tale of biological diversity, many writers over the past century have expanded upon the original Christmas Island story. The compilation of this work is now easily accessible using AntMaps. So, tend the fire in your fireplace, curl up on the couch, and immerse yourself in the ant diversity of Christmas Island.

The Ants of Christmas Island, Illustration by AntWeb

Brachyponera – 1 species

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Aptly-named Brachyponera christmasi

Camponotus – 2 species

c_andrewsi

Camponotus andrewsi

c_melichloros

Camponotus melichloros (missing a gaster)

Erromyrma – 1 species

e_latinodis

Erromyrma latinodis

Hypoponera – 1 species

h_confinis

Hypoponera confinis

Leptogenys – 1 species

l_harmsi

Leptogenys harmsi

Lioponera – 1 species

l_longitarsus

Lioponera longitarsus

Monomorium – 2 species

m_floricola

Monomorium floricola

m_orientale

Monomorium orientale

Odonomachus – 1 species

o_smillimus

Odontomachus simillimus

Parvaponera – 1 species

p_darwinii

Parvaponera darwinii

Plagiolepis – 1 species

p_exigua

Plagiolepis exigua

Platythyrea – 1 species

p_parallela

Platythyrea parallela

Strumigenys – 1 species

s_godeffroyi

Strumigenys godeffroyi

Technomyrmex – 1 species

t_vitiensis

Technomyrmex vitiensis

Tetramorium – 6 species

t_bicarinatum

Tetramorium bicarinatum

t_lanuginosum

Tetramorium lanuginosum

t_pacificum

Tetramorium pacificum

t_smithi

Tetramorium smithi

t_tonganum

Tetramorium tonganum

t_walshi

Tetramorium walshi

AND LAST…

The invader…

a_gracilipes

Anoplolepis gracilipes, the yellow crazy ant