Acanthomyrmex laevis

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Acanthomyrmex laevis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Acanthomyrmex
Species group: luciolae
Species: A. laevis
Binomial name
Acanthomyrmex laevis
Moffett, 1986

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Acanthomyrmex laevis.


Moffett (1986) - Very similar to Acanthomyrmex ferox, but head of minor worker smooth, lacking all but traces of sculpture. Major worker unknown

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Malaysia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • laevis. Acanthomyrmex laevis Moffett, 1986c: 76, figs. 8F, 29-32 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 53; Yamada, Ito, et al. 2018: 10.{nomenplus}}



Minor. Holotype measures HW 1.03, HL 0.96 (CI 107), ML 0.80 (MI 83), SL 1.29 (SI 126), EL 0.21, HFL 1.42 (FLI 148; FWI 18) mm. Very similar in all respects to Acanthomyrmex ferox, except head lacking sculpture dorsally and with only traces of rugae laterally and beneath head. The head sculpture is strongly developed in all A. ferox specimens, including one from the same locality as the Acanthomyrmex laevis holotype.

In addition, the petiolar node of A. laevis has somewhat longer petiolar spines than in A. ferox specimens, and the crotch between the spines is relatively narrow basally (in ferox, the crotch has a wide, convex base). A well-defined subpetiolar declivity is lacking, although a feeble declivity occurs. Node of postpetiole smooth (as in some A. ferox). Pronotal angle not forming a feeble tooth. Uniform dark orange red.

Type Material

Holotype. Minor worker deposited in Museum of Comparative Zoology from Peninsular Malaysia: Perak: Ringlet Pass, 28 Feb. 1982 (M. Kubota).


Name refers to lack of sculpture on head.