Acanthostichus brevinodis

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Acanthostichus brevinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Acanthostichus
Species: A. brevinodis
Binomial name
Acanthostichus brevinodis
Mackay, W.P., 1996

Nothing is known about the biology of Acanthostichus brevinodis and it is only known from males. Most specimens appear to have been captured in light traps, as moth scales are often attached. The male captured by Porter was loose on the ground in daylight. (Mackay 1996)


Mackay (1996) - Similar to Acanthostichus fuscipennis, except the petiole is very short (Fig. 68) and truncate anteriorly. Occasionally the anterior edge of the node of the petiole is somewhat higher than the remainder of the petiole. It lacks the bluish reflections of A. fuscipennis. This is a very distinct, small species in which the shape of the petiole (Fig. 67) easily distinguishes it from all other described species. This species does not represent the undescribed male of any other species as it is a member of the brevicornis species complex and the males of all of the species which share the distribution are known.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the male caste.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • brevinodis. Acanthostichus brevinodis Mackay, W.P., 1996: 147, figs. 67, 68 (m.) BRAZIL.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Measurements and characters within the range of the general description of males.

Type Material

Holotype male (Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo) and 2 paratype males (The Natural History Museum, Museum of Comparative Zoology), BRAZIL, MT. Sinop 55°37'W 12°31' S, x- 1974, Alv. & Roppa, # 12673 [all seen].


From Latin, brevis (short) and nodus (knot, swelling), referring to the short node of the petiole.