Brown (1978) – A. kanariensis has a bright to dark red trunk and node, contrasting with the piceous or black gaster; the head may be red or infuscaled. In kanariensis, the front part of the petiolar nodal summit is more or less produced cephalad, and overhangs the anterior slope of the node, so that the slope is usually more or less distinctly concave. The types of Anochetus obscurior and Anochetus orientalis are black or nearly so, with partly ferruginous appendages, and the head· may be lighter brownish around the corners; the nodes of these forms are broadly rounded above, not noticeably produced anteriorly, and the anterior slope is straight or convex as seen from the side. In kanariensis, the first gastric tergum is coarsely and distinctly striate almost to the posterior margin, with coarse superimposed punctures, whereas in obscurior, at least, the punctures predominate, and the striae are indefinite or obsolete on the anterior first gastric tergum, while the posterior half of this tergum becomes more or less smooth and shining (satiny blue reflections on the gastric dorsum may often be seen in all 3 taxa).
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- kanariensis. Anochetus orientalis r. kanariensis Forel, 1900c: 62 (w.) INDIA. Raised to species: Bingham, 1903: 44. See also: Brown, 1978c: 594.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
- Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 44, raised to species)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1978c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography. Studia Entomologica. 20:549-638. PDF (page 594, see also)
- Forel, A. 1900d. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part VI. The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 13:52-65. PDF (page 62, worker described)