Aenictus shillongensis

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Aenictus shillongensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. shillongensis
Binomial name
Aenictus shillongensis
Tiwari, 2000

Nothing is known about the biology of Aenictus shillongensis.


Mathew and Tiwari (2000) - Aenictus shillongensis comes closer to Aenictus punensis, but can be differentiated by its mandibular construction and the sculpture of the thorax and that of the nodes of pedicel.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • shillongensis. Aenictus shillongensis Mathew & Tiwari, 2000: 267, fig. 9 (w.) INDIA (Meghalaya).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 6 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype India: Meghalaya (East Khasi Hills), Shillong, Risa Colony, 25.vii.1975 (R. Mathew); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: NZSI, NZSS (depository of holotype not specified).
    • Status as species: Bharti, Wachkoo & Kumar, 2012: 293 (in key); Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 21.
    • Distribution: India.

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



Holotype: TL 2.92; HL 0.68; HW 0.55; CI 81; SL 0.58; SI 105; ThL 0.89.

Head smooth, polished and shining, broader anteriorly; mandibles triangular, masticatory margin with five indistinct denticles; pilosity fairly abundant, long, recumbent; antennae stout; thorax punctate-rugose, densely sculptured on the meso and metanotum; apical portion of metanotum concave, bordered by a carina; anterior node of pedicel viewed from above cylindrical, punctate, with an appendix beneath; abdomen smooth, polished and shining; legs stout. Colour reddish brown.

Paratype workers: TL 2.82-3.00; HL 0.66-0.68; HW 0.55-0.58; CI 81-85; SL 0.55-0.61; SI 100-105; TbL 0.89-0.92.

Similar to holotype.

Type Material

Holotype worker: India: Meghalaya, (East Kbasi hills), Shillong, Risa Colony, 25.vii.75, Coli. R. Mathew. Paratype workers: 6 exs, with the same collection data as the holotype.

Note (Lubertazzi 2018): it is stated in the publication where this description was published that "The present work is based on the material collected and deposited at the Zoological Survery of India, Eastern Regional Station, Shillong, and the Headquarters at Calcutta" with the latter presumably referring to the Zoological Survey of India headquarters. The types of this species can presumably be found in either or both of these collections.