Anochetus levaillanti

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This species forages singly in open areas during the day and nest entrances are small openings in the soil. Workers can be seen bringing back small prey items to the nest.

Anochetus levaillanti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. levaillanti
Binomial name
Anochetus levaillanti
Emery, 1895

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Specimen labels


First gastric tergum with rugulose sculpture in addition to the punctures over much of its anterior and discal surfaces, rendering it opaque, or at most only weakly shining; vertex continuously striate and opaque to nuchal carina over a wide median area of vertex; pronotal disc entirely striate and opaque.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Eritrea, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (type locality), Zimbabwe.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species forages singly during the day in open areas. Individual foragers can be seen bringing a series of small prey items back to their nest. Colony size is estimated to be less tthan 100 workers based upon the number of workers returning to the nest. Workers are timid and "freeze" if disturbed.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • levaillanti. Anochetus levaillanti Emery, 1895h: 21 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1915: 108 (q.). See also: Brown, 1978c: 594.



  • Arnold, G. 1915. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part I. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 1-159 (page 108, queen described)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1978c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography. Stud. Entomol. 20: 549-638 (page 594, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1895i. Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3e mémoire. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 64: 15-56 (page 21, worker described)