Aenictus aitkenii Forel

Shattuck, S. O., 2008, Review of the ant genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr)., Zootaxa 1926, pp. 1-19: 16

publication ID

22170

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Aenictus aitkenii Forel
status

 

Aenictus aitkenii Forel  HNS  , rev. stat.

Aenictus aitkenii Forel  HNS  , 1901: 475 (junior synonym of A. aratus  HNS  by Wilson, 1964: 446; revised status as valid species). Aenictus aratus var. asiatica Forel  HNS  , 1911: 453 (junior synonym of aratus  HNS  by Wilson, 1964: 446; removed from synonymy with A. aratus  HNS  , new synonym of A. aitkenii  HNS  ).

Types. Aenictus aitkenii  HNS  : Worker syntypes from Kanara, Thana and Travancore, India (not examined). Aenictus aratus var. asiatica  HNS  : Worker syntype from Sri Lanka (not examined).

Comments. This species is similar to A. aratus  HNS  (with which it has been treated as a junior synonym) and A. nesiotis  HNS  but differs in having a broader head (CI> 87 versus CI <88 in nesiotis  HNS  ), and broader and more bulbous petiole and postpetiole (both are narrower in aratus  HNS  and nesiotis  HNS  ). The scape is also relatively longer than in the others (SI> 115 versus SI <115). It is similar to levior  HNS  in the shape of the head but differs in having longer scapes. This species is so far known only from India and Sri Lanka.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Aenictus