Aenictus congolensis

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Aenictus congolensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. congolensis
Binomial name
Aenictus congolensis
Santschi, 1911

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Congo (type locality), Gabon.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • congolensis. Aenictus rixator var. congolensis Santschi, 1911g: 207 (w.) CONGO.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Congo (“Congo français”): (no further data) (A. Weiss).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Santschi, 1917a: 277 (q.).
    • Status as species: Santschi, 1917a: 277 (redescription); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 751; Bolton, 1995b: 59.
    • Distribution: Congo, Gabon.


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Worker (Translated from the original): Length 2mm. Thorax, posterior half of the head and petiole dark reddish brown, the rest borwnish yellow. Head, postpetiole and gaster smooth and shiny. Thorax and petiole matt, reticulated, punctuated (like a thimble) over almost the whole propodeum. Mandibles very finely reticulated and finely striated. Pilosiy short, decumbent, yellowish, all over body and legs. Mandibles with 3 to 6 teeth, the apical longer than in ceylonicus. Funicular segments 3 to 7 wider than long. The rest like the type.


  • Santschi, F. 1911g. Nouvelles fourmis du Congo et du Benguela. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 1: 204-217 (page 207, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1917a [1916]. Description d'une nouvelle reine de Formicide du genre Aenictus Shuckard. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 85: 277-278 (page 277, queen described, raised to species)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Baroni Urbani C. 1977. Katalog der Typen von Formicidae (Hymenoptera) der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel (2. Teil). Mitt. Entomol. Ges. Basel (n.s.) 27: 61-102.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Santschi F. 1917. Description d'une nouvelle reine de Formicide du genre Aenictus Shuckard. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 85: 277-278.