Acanthognathus lentus

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Acanthognathus lentus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Acanthognathus
Species: A. lentus
Binomial name
Acanthognathus lentus
Mann, 1922

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Specimen Label

This species nests in rotten wood.


Fossae on posterior half of dorsum or head large, mostly contiguous or separated by single, simple longitudinal rugulae (Honduras; may be only a coarsely-sculptured variant of Acanthognathus ocellatus).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 15.4° to -27.741°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Guyana, Honduras (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • lentus. Acanthognathus lentus Mann, 1922: 34, fig. 16 (w.q.) HONDURAS.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “several”), 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-locality: Honduras: Progresso, ii-iii.1920, Cat.24455 USNM (W.M. Mann).
    • Type-depositories: MCZC, MZSP, USNM.
    • Status as species: Smith, M.R. 1944c: 150 (in key); Brown & Kempf, 1969: 95 (redescription); Kempf, 1972a: 9; Kempf, 1975a: 412; Brandão, 1991: 322; Bolton, 1995b: 53; Bolton, 2000: 16; Galvis & Fernández, 2009: 249 (in key); Sosa-Calvo, et al. 2010: 39 (in key).
    • Distribution: Brazil, Guyana, Honduras.



  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 65: 1-1028 (page 16, see also)
  • Brandão, C. R. F. 1991. Adendos ao catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 35: 319-412 (page 322, catalogue)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr.; Kempf, W. W. 1969. A revision of the neotropical dacetine ant genus Acanthognathus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 76: 87-109 (page 95, redescription of worker and queen)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da regia~o Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3-344 (page 9, catalogue)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1975a [1974]. Report on Neotropical Dacetine ant studies (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Biol. 34: 411-424 (page 412, taxonomy, distribution)
  • Mann, W. M. 1922. Ants from Honduras and Guatemala. Proc. U. S. Natl. Mus. 61: 1-54. (page 34, fig. 16 worker, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Alonso L. E. 2010. A preliminary survey of the ants of the Kwamalasamutu region, SW Suriname. In: O’Shea, B.J., L.E. Alonso, & T.H. Larsen, (eds.). 2011. A Rapid Biological Assessment of the Kwamalasamutu region, Southwestern Suriname. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 63. Conservation International, Arlington, VA.
  • Bolton, B. 2000. The Ant Tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 65
  • Brown W. L., and W. W. Kempf. 1969. A revision of the Neotropical dacetine ant genus Acanthognathus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 76: 87-109. 
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Maes, J.-M. and W.P. MacKay. 1993. Catalogo de las hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de Nicaragua. Revista Nicaraguense de Entomologia 23.
  • Silva R.R., and C. R. F. Brandao. 2014. Ecosystem-Wide Morphological Structure of Leaf-Litter Ant Communities along a Tropical Latitudinal Gradient. PLoSONE 9(3): e93049. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093049
  • Sosa-Calvo J. 2007. Ants of the leaf litter of two plateaus in Eastern Suriname. In Alonso, L.E. and J.H. Mol (eds.). 2007. A rapid biological assessment of the Lely and Nassau plateaus, Suriname (with additional information on the Brownsberg Plateau). RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 43. Conservation International, Arlington, VA, USA.