Anochetus kanariensis

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Anochetus kanariensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. kanariensis
Binomial name
Anochetus kanariensis
Forel, 1900

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Anochetus kanariensis.


Brown (1978) – A. kanariensis has a bright to dark red trunk and node, contrasting with the piceous or black gaster; the head may be red or infuscaled. In kanariensis, the front part of the petiolar nodal summit is more or less produced cephalad, and overhangs the anterior slope of the node, so that the slope is usually more or less distinctly concave. The types of Anochetus obscurior and Anochetus orientalis are black or nearly so, with partly ferruginous appendages, and the head· may be lighter brownish around the corners; the nodes of these forms are broadly rounded above, not noticeably produced anteriorly, and the anterior slope is straight or convex as seen from the side. In kanariensis, the first gastric tergum is coarsely and distinctly striate almost to the posterior margin, with coarse superimposed punctures, whereas in obscurior, at least, the punctures predominate, and the striae are indefinite or obsolete on the anterior first gastric tergum, while the posterior half of this tergum becomes more or less smooth and shining (satiny blue reflections on the gastric dorsum may often be seen in all 3 taxa).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 21.227595° to 21.227595°.

Tropical South

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.





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

  • kanariensis. Anochetus orientalis r. kanariensis Forel, 1900c: 62 (w.) INDIA (Karnataka).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: India: Kanara (Wroughton).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Subspecies of orientalis: Emery, 1911d: 108; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 40; Tiwari, 1999: 20 (error).
    • Status as species: Bingham, 1903: 44; Brown, 1978c: 557, 594; Bolton, 1995b: 64; Bharti & Wachkoo, 2013a: 142 (in key); Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 48.
    • Distribution: India.

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



Bingham (1903): The posterior three-fourths of the head and the abdomen dark brown, almost black, the remainder of the head and the thorax bright rufous; mandibles, antennae and legs pale yellow. Head, thorax and abdomen covered with somewhat sparse, short, erect whitish hairs, and a fine thin sericeous white pubescence, dense on the antennae, and obsolete, almost absent, on the abdomen. Head tolerably coarsely, regularly longitudinally striate; the sides below the eyes and the antennal hollows .smooth, highly polished and shining ; mandibles minutely punctured and shining, the apical teeth remarkably long and acute, rather slender. Thorax densely but finely rugulose, opaque. Node of the pedicel thick, convex in front, concave posteriorly, above almost fiat, and viewed from above crescentic, somewhat coarsely rugose: basal abdominal segment very finely transversely striate, the striae in concentric arches from back to front, remainder of abdomen finely punctured, shining.

Length: 7 mm

Forel 1900d. Page 62.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Musthak Ali T. M. 1991. Ant Fauna of Karnataka-1. Newsletter of IUSSI Indian Chapter 5(1-2): 1-8.