Xymmer: Scrabble Word, or Ant Genus?

Basically, we just like the name of Xymmer, an ant genus with two known species found mostly in Africa but also reported from Southeast Asia.

This ant, Xymmer muticus, has no eyes, and thus cannot see you. Image: AntWeb

Because “Xymmer” apparently wasn’t fun enough, in 2016, Rijal Satria and colleagues described the Southeast Asian species in the genus: Xymmer phungi. It’s this species that gives the genus its interesting disjunct geographical distribution.

Xymmer phungi makes things funky. Image: AntWiki

We hope you like Xymmer too!