Mackay, W.P., 1996
A. arizonensis is a Southwest US and Northwest Mexico species which has been found associated with termites. Workers have been collected from chambers found under stones that occurred at elevations ranging from 1070m to 1780m. Little else is known about this species or its biology.
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Caste
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
A member of the brevicornis species complex. Workers (MacKay 1996): The densely punctate petiolar node will distinguish it from all other species in the genus except Acanthostichus punctiscapus. It can be separated from this latter species in that the scape is mostly smooth and glossy (not heavily punctate as in A. punctiscapus).
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A. arizonensis has been found in grasslands at the Santa Rita Experimental Range. It occurs from 1070m to 1780m, reaching up to the oak-juniper association. Workers are often associated with termites, which may be their principal or exclusive prey (Mackay and Mackay, 2002).
Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- arizonensis. Acanthostichus arizonensis Mackay, 1996: 141, figs. 6, 17, 18 (w.) U. S. A. (Arizona).
- Type-material: holotype worker, 13 paratype workers.
- Type-locality: holotype U.S.A.: Arizona, Pima Co., 7 mi SE Sahuarita, 3.ix.1982 (T.C. Myles); paratypes with same data.
- Type-depositories: MCZC (holotype); BMNH, ICNB, IMLT, INPA, LACM, MCZC, MIZA, MZSP, UATA, USNM, WEMC (paratypes).
- Status as species: Mackay & Mackay, 2002: 40.
- Distribution: U.S.A.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
- Holotype, worker, 7 mi SE Sahuarita, Pima Co., Arizona, United States, Sept 3, 1982, T.C. Myles, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
- Paratype, 13 workers, 7 mi SE Sahuarita, Pima Co., Arizona, United States, Sept 3, 1982, T.C. Myles, The Natural History Museum; William and Emma Mackay Collection; Fundacion e Instituto Miguel Lillo ; Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia; Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; Museum of Comparative Zoology; Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba; Instituto de Zoologia Agricola; Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo; University of Arizona, Tucson; National Museum of Natural History.
Mandible with tooth-like protuberance on medial masticatory border, which may be essentially worn away; lateral clypeal angles well formed; outer edge of scape convex: eye consisting of four or five poorly defined ommatidia; vertex concave; hind femora elongate, not incrassate; petiole slightly longer than broad, slightly wider posteriorly; subpetiolar process poorly defined. Sparse erect hairs (most less than 0.1 mm, some as long as 0.25 mm) scattered on all body surfaces. Mandibles, scape, head and mesosoma smooth and glossy, with scattered punctures. Dorsum of petiole and most terga of gaster with dense punctures.
Measurements: HL 0.94-0.95; HW 0.79-0.83; SL 0.43-0.44; SW 0.16; WL 1.28-1.32; PW 0.44-0.46; PL 0.46-0.48; FL 0.58-0.60; FW 0.25; SI 45-46; CI 84-87; PI 103-106; FI 2.30-2.40; SL/SW 2.62-2.69;
Geographic. "Indicates that this species occurs in Arizona."
- Mackay, W.P. 1996. A revision of the ant genus Acanthostichus. Sociobiology 27: 129-179. [(31.xii).1996.] (page 141, figs. 6, 17, 18 worker described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Cover S. P., and R. A. Johnson. 20011. Checklist of Arizona Ants. Downloaded on January 7th at http://www.asu.edu/clas/sirgtools/AZants-2011%20updatev2.pdf
- Esteves F. A., C. R. F. Brandao, and L. P. Prado. 2011. The type specimens of Dorylomorph ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae: Aenictinae, Ecitoninae, Cerapachyinae, Leptanilloidinae) deposited in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia 51(22): 341-397.
- Instituto de Ciencias Naturales de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (GBIF)
- Johnson R. Personnal Database. Accessed on February 5th 2014 at http://www.asu.edu/clas/sirgtools/resources.htm
- MacKay W. P. 1996. A revision of the ant genus Acanthostichus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 27: 129-179
- Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133