Aenictus villiersi

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Aenictus villiersi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. villiersi
Binomial name
Aenictus villiersi
Bernard, 1953

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Specimen Labels

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • villiersi. Aenictus villiersi Bernard, 1953b: 221, fig. 7 (w.) GUINEA.

Description

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Translated from the original description:

Length 3-3,2 mm. Head and thorax red, petiole, abdomen and appendixes dark yellow. Very smooth and shiny, except for the posterior two-thirds of the side of the thorax, which are matt, shagreened. Pilosity yellowish, not dense but very long, over the head and body. General aspect slender and convex, similar to Aenictus of the group eugenii-congolensis-mariae, but petiole and antennae are clearly distinct:

Antennae relatively thin. Second funicular segment length almost double than first and more than double of third. Thorax rather convex, sides of mesothorax and propodeum with strong longitudinal striae. In eugenii, petiolar segments angled in its dorsal face, shagreened or puntuated, both with a ventral anterior tooth and a posterior peduncule, cylindrical and puntuated. Villiersi with dorsal and ventral profile rounded, without teeth. The peduncule is striated, but the rest of petiole and postpetiole smooth. This type of petiole resembles A. mariae, austral species known from Cameroon, with the head smaller and the funicle shorter. A. mentu seems to belong to this group, from Imatong Mountains, with the petiole lower and slender

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