Key to Aphaenogaster of Iran

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This worker key is based on: Kiran, K., Alipanah, H. & Paknia, O. 2013. A new species of the ant genus Aphaenogaster Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Asian Myrmecology 5, 45-51. PDF.

This key includes 5 species. Aphaenogaster rhaphidiiceps and Aphaenogaster splendida have also been reported from Iran but have not been included in this key.

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  • Body colour dark brown to black, occipital corners more-or-less distinct in full-face view, promesonotum evenly convex in profile . . . . . Aphaenogaster gibbosa
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