Aenictus inconspicuus

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Aenictus inconspicuus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. inconspicuus
Binomial name
Aenictus inconspicuus
Westwood, 1845



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (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 Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • inconspicuus. Aenictus inconspicuus Westwood, 1845: 85 (m.) SOUTH AFRICA (“Habitat in Africa Australi”).
    • Type-material: holotype male.
    • Type-locality: South Africa: “Africa Australi” (Drege).
    • Type-depository: OXUM(?) (“in Mus. W.W. Saunders”).
    • [Also described as new by Westwood, 1847a: 238.]
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1859b: 10; Roger, 1863b: 41; Mayr, 1863: 394; André, 1884b: 539; Dalla Torre, 1893: 8; Emery, 1895j: 747; Emery, 1910b: 31; Arnold, 1915: 141; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 753; Bolton, 1995b: 59.
    • Distribution: South Africa.



  • Westwood, J. O. 1845. Description of a new species of the Hymenopterous genus Aenictus, belonging to the Dorylidae. J. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1840- 1846: 85 (page 85, male described)
  • Westwood, J. O. 1847a. Descriptions of a new Dorylideous insect from South Africa, belonging to the genus Aenictus. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 4: 237-238 (page 238, also described as new)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec M. L. 2016. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dorylinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). ZooKeys 608: 1–280.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004