Aenictus prolixus

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Aenictus prolixus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. prolixus
Binomial name
Aenictus prolixus
Shattuck, 2008

Aenictus prolixus side view

Aenictus prolixus top view Specimen labels

This common species is found in northern Northern Territory and northern Queensland. It is most similar to A. acerbus and A. turneri and it is probable that at least some of the males currently associated with A. hilli may actually belong to this species.


A member of the pachycerus group.

Head capsule entirely smooth and essentially uniformly coloured; scape relatively long (scape index > 89); subpetiolar process large and rectangular. This species is most similar to A. acerbus and A. turneri but can be separated from these by the longer scapes.

Scape length-Head width measurements

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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 New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • prolixus. Aenictus prolixus Shattuck, 2008c: 14, figs. 7, 8, 18-20, 29 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material


Mandible triangular, with a large apical tooth and a smaller subapical tooth followed by 6–7 (rarely 5) small teeth and a larger basal tooth; anterior clypeal border weakly convex to weakly concave, located at or anterior to anterior margins of frontal lobes in full face view; parafrontal ridges absent; subpetiolar process a large rectangular project, an elongate flange sometimes present on the posterior corner; head entirely smooth, pronotum weakly reticulate on collar, smooth posteriorly and laterally, mesonotum smooth, mesopleuron and propodeum finely punctate with longitudinal rugae laterally; body yellow-red, mesosoma slightly darker.

Measurements. Worker (n = 13) - CI 81–90; HL 0.55–0.62; HW 0.46–0.54; MTL 0.43–0.57; ML 0.84–0.98; SI 89–96; SL 0.42–0.51.