Anochetus victoriae

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

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Specimen labels

This species is known from two collections from northern Cape York Peninsula. Both are from heath habitats and specimens were recovered from troughs below flight intercept traps.

Identification

Front of head with distinct long striations which extend to the posterior margin; dorsum of pronotum with longitudinal striations; eyes relatively large (eye length > 0.22mm). This species, together with Anochetus graeffei, are the only Australian species with sculpturing that extends to the posterior margin of the head when viewed in full face view. Anochetus victoriae can be separated from A. graeffei by the larger eye (eye length > 0.22mm vs. < 0.16mm) and the longitudinal striations rather than rugulose sculpturing on the dorsum of the pronotum.

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.

  • victoriae. Anochetus victoriae Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 24, fig. 17 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

Description

Worker description. Front of head with distinct long striations which extend to the posterolateral margin of head. Scapes not reaching posterolateral corners ('lobes') of head; pubescence and erect hairs few and thinly scattered. Pronotum with distinct longitudinal striations transitioning to striate-rugose sculpturing anteriorly and posterolaterally. Mesonotum smooth and shining. Dorsum of propodeum slightly flattened with coarse striaterugose sculpture and the majority of erect hairs inclined. Propodeal angles rounded. Metapleuron with coarse striations. Petiolar node robust with thick, truncate apex and sculptured with transverse striations. Erect hairs on hind tibiae limited to the outer surfaces. Colour dark brown, head and legs brown, antennae, mandibles and tarsi yellow.

Measurements. Worker (n = 2): CI 91–94; EI 24–24; EL 0.23–0.23; HL 1.01–1.08; HW 0.95–0.98; HFL 0.86–0.92; ML 1.25–1.35; MandL 0.54–0.58; MTL 0.62–0.68; PronI 63–64; PronW 0.61–0.62; SL 0.81–0.88; SI 86–90.

References

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