Aenictus hilli

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Aenictus hilli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. hilli
Binomial name
Aenictus hilli
Clark, 1928

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A. hilli was described by Clark (1928) from a single male collected at Malanda, Queensland. Shattuck (2008) found that there are numerous males in ANIC which are morphologically similar to the type of A. hilli. Unfortunately none are associated with workers. In addition, the remaining described Australian species are all worker-based and without associated males. This makes it impossible to positively associate A. hilli with any of these other species. Distribution patterns give little clue as to the association either as Aenictus aratus, A. nesiotis, A. prolixus and A. turneri all occur in the general area of the type locality of A. hilli. Thus there is currently insufficient information to associate A. hilli, or any of these other males, with any of the worker-based species. As a result A. hilli was treated as a valid species by Shattuck (2008) and these additional males tentatively associated with it until such time that worker-associated males or fresh material suitable for molecular analysis can be secured.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Castes

Known only from the male caste.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • hilli. Aenictus hilli Clark, 1928a: 38, pl. 1, figs. 32-36 (m.) AUSTRALIA. See also: Shattuck, 2008c: 7.

Type Material

References

  • Clark, J. 1928a. Australian Formicidae. J. R. Soc. West. Aust. 14: 29-41 (page 38, pl. 1, figs. 32-36 male described)
  • Shattuck, S.O. (2008) Review of the ant genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr). Zootaxa 1926, 1–19.