Key to Aenictus ceylonicus group species of China

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This worker key is based on: Staab M. 2015. Aenictus hoelldobleri sp. n., a new species of the Aenictus ceylonicus group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from China, with a key to the Chinese members of the group. ZooKeys. 516:137–155. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.516.9927.

Key to Chinese A. ceylonicus group species based on the worker caste, modified and updated after the key of Jaitrong and Yamane (2013) and the extension of this key by Liu et al. (2015b). That key can be found here.

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  • Mandible with 2-6 teeth/denticles between subapical and basal teeth (mandible with more than 4 teeth/denticles) (Fig. 1A, B) . . . . . 2
Staab 2015. Figure 1.
  • Mandible with 0-1 tooth/denticle between subapical and basal teeth (mandible with 3-4 teeth/denticles) (Fig. 1C, D) . . . . . 7

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  • Promesonotum entirely punctate (Fig. 4A), at most lateral face of pronotum partly smooth and shiny; dorsum of postpetiole punctate (Fig. 3A) (Guizhou) . . . . . Aenictus thailandianus
Aenictus thailandianus side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg
  • Promesonotum predominantly smooth and shiny (Fig. 4B, C, D); dorsum of postpetiole smooth and shiny (Figs 3B, 3C, 3D) . . . . . 3
Staab 2015. Figure 3.
Staab 2015. Figure 4.

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  • Subpetiolar process weakly developed, low and rounded, not rectangular (Fig. 4B) . . . . . 4

Subpetiolar process well developed and rectangular (Figs 4C, 4D) . . . . . 5

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  • Dorsum of propodeum straight in profile, entirely microreticulate and opaque; promesonotum microreticulate except posterior half of pronotum smooth and shiny; masticatory margin of mandible with large apical tooth, followed by a small preapical tooth, and 5 minute denticles (Henan) . . . . . Aenictus henanensis
  • Dorsum of propodeum weakly convex to almost straight in profile, punctate but somewhat shiny; promesonotum entirely smooth and shiny except for reticulate anteriormost portion (Fig. 3B); masticatory margin of mandible with large apical tooth followed by a series of 6-7 denticles of two sizes, the larger alternating with 1-2 smaller (Fig. 1B) (Taiwan) . . . . . Aenictus lifuiae
Aenictus lifuiae head (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg
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  • Dorsum of mesonotum and petiolus entirely smooth and shiny (Fig. 3C) . . . . . Aenictus yangi
Liu-et-al-2015-9 Aenictus yangi hef.jpg
Liu-et-al-2015-9 Aenictus yangi hal.jpg
  • Dorsum of mesonotum and petiolus finely reticulate (Fig. 3D) . . . . . 6

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  • Subpetiolar process rectangular-trapezoidal, its ventral outline with a thin almost transparent lamellae (Fig. 4C); masticatory margin of mandible with 4 (rarely 3) denticles (total number of mandibular teeth 6-7, including apical, subapical and basal tooth) (Jiangxi, Zhejiang) . . . . . Aenictus hoelldobleri
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  • Subpetiolar process rectangular, its apex very acute and directed downwards medially (Fig. 4D); masticatory margin of mandible with 6 denticles (total number of mandibular teeth 9 including apical, subapical and basal tooth) (Hubei, Zhejiang) . . . . . Aenictus wudangshanensis
Aenictus wudangshanensis casent0914927 h 1 high.jpg
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  • Mandible with 3 teeth including apical and basal tooth (Fig. 1C) (Guizhou) . . . . . Aenictus watanasiti
Aenictus Jaitrong and Yamane 13 Fig18.jpg
  • Mandible with 4 teeth including apical and basal tooth (Fig. 1D) . . . . . 8

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  • Subpetiolar process well-developed, subrectangular with convex ventral lamella, and with anterior and posterior corners acutely or bluntly angulated (Fig. 4E); head longer than broad, at maximum as broad as long (CI 90-100) (Fig. 2B) (Taiwan, Zhejiang) . . . . . Aenictus formosensis
Aenictus Jaitrong and Yamane 13 Fig07.jpg
  • Subpetiolar process weakly developed or very low (Fig. 4F, G); head broader than long, at minimum as broad as long (CI 100-112) (Fig. 2C, D) . . . . . 9

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  • Subpetiolar process very low, with anterior and posterior denticles that protrude downwards (Fig. 4G); head in full-face view subrectangular, posterior margin feebly concave (Fig. 2D) (Yunnan) . . . . . Aenictus maneerati
Staab 2015. Figure 2.
  • Subpetiolar process weakly developed, in profile its ventral outline almost straight or weakly convex, without denticles (Fig. 4F); head in full face view not rectangular, posterior margin weakly convex or straight (Fig. 2C) (Guangxi, Hong Kong . . . . . Aenictus fuchuanensis
Aenictus Jaitrong and Yamane 13 Fig08.jpg