Aenictus shillongensis

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Aenictus shillongensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. shillongensis
Binomial name
Aenictus shillongensis
Tiwari, 2000

Nothing is known about the biology of Aenictus shillongensis.

Identification

Mathew and Tiwari (2000) - Aenictus shillongensis comes closer to Aenictus punensis, but can be differentiated by its mandibular construction and the sculpture of the thorax and that of the nodes of pedicel.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Nomenclature

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

  • shillongensis. Aenictus shillongensis Tiwari, in Mathew & Tiwari, 2000: 266, fig. 9 (w.) INDIA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

Holotype: TL 2.92; HL 0.68; HW 0.55; CI 81; SL 0.58; SI 105; ThL 0.89.

Head smooth, polished and shining, broader anteriorly; mandibles triangular, masticatory margin with five indistinct denticles; pilosity fairly abundant, long, recumbent; antennae stout; thorax punctate-rugose, densely sculptured on the meso and metanotum; apical portion of metanotum concave, bordered by a carina; anterior node of pedicel viewed from above cylindrical, punctate, with an appendix beneath; abdomen smooth, polished and shining; legs stout. Colour reddish brown.

Paratype workers: TL 2.82-3.00; HL 0.66-0.68; HW 0.55-0.58; CI 81-85; SL 0.55-0.61; SI 100-105; TbL 0.89-0.92.

Similar to holotype.

Type Material

Holotype worker: India: Meghalaya, (East Kbasi hills), Shillong, Risa Colony, 25.vii.75, Coli. R. Mathew. Paratype workers: 6 exs, with the same collection data as the holotype.

Note (Lubertazzi 2018): it is stated in the publication where this description was published that "The present work is based on the material collected and deposited at the Zoological Survery of India, Eastern Regional Station, Shillong, and the Headquarters at Calcutta" with the latter presumably referring to the Zoological Survey of India headquarters. The types of this species can presumably be found in either or both of these collections.

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