Anochetus veronicae

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Anochetus veronicae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. veronicae
Binomial name
Anochetus veronicae
Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012

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Anochetus veronicae is the only species within the genus to invade the drier desert regions of northern Australia. However, even here the limited biological information suggests that it occurs in open woodlands, similar to the forest preferences shown by most other species.

Identification

Propodeal angles produced as spines; sculpture on front of head extending only slightly beyond eyes; body small (head length < 1.62mm, head width < 1.44mm); scape relatively short (scape length < 1.50mm); mesonotum smooth, lacking rugae or striations. This species is similar to Anochetus alae but differs in being smaller and with a shorter scape, having the mesonotum smooth and the sides of the propodeum with coarse striations, and with reduced pubescence on the scapes. It can be separated from the otherwise similar Anochetus renatae by the presence of teeth at the propodeal angle and in its larger size.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • veronicae. Anochetus veronicae Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 23, figs. 4, 7, 16 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

  • Holotype, worker, 18km E The Granites, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia, 19 March 1987, S.R. Morton & P.J.M. Greenslade, ANIC32-015875, Australian National Insect Collection.
  • Paratype, 2 workers, 18km E The Granites, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia, 19 March 1987, S.R. Morton & P.J.M. Greenslade, ANIC32-059586, Australian National Insect Collection.

Description

Worker description. Sculpturing on front of head extending slightly beyond eyes. Scapes surpassing posterolateral corners ('lobes') of head; with limited pubescence and numerous erect hairs. Pronotum smooth and shining with very weak, faded striations laterally. Anterior section of pronotum with transverse wrinkles and ridges. Mesonotum smooth and shining. Propodeum with angles produced as spines. Dorsum of propodeum rounded, sculptured with coarse transverse striations; erect hairs present. Metapleuron with coarse striations. Petiolar node with apical margin more or less concave and produced laterally as corners. Erect hairs on hind tibiae present on all surfaces. Colour from yellow-brown to brown, head from yellow to yellow-brown, antennae, mandibles and legs yellow.

Measurements. Worker (n = 8): CI 88–91; EI 26–30; EL 0.36–0.41; HL 1.52–1.61; HW 1.35–1.43; HFL 1.69–1.78; ML 2.01–2.16; MandL 0.74–0.88; MTL 1.18–1.25; PronI 58–61; PronW 0.79–0.85; SL 1.40–1.48; SI 102–105.

References

  • Shattuck, S.O. & Slipinska, E. 2012. Revision of the Australian species of the ant genus Anochetus (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Zootaxa 3426, 1–28.