Anochetus rufolatus

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Anochetus rufolatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. rufolatus
Binomial name
Anochetus rufolatus
Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012

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Specimen labels

This rare species is known from a single locality, Lizard Island, a small island located approximately 30km from the Queensland mainland. Nothing is known of its biology.


Sculpture on front of head extending only slightly beyond eyes; pronotum smooth dorsally, sculptured laterally; mesonotum smooth and without sculpturing; petiolar node in side view narrowing only slightly dorsally and trapezoid-shaped, with the striations along its entire height; propodeal angle gently rounded. This species is most similar to Anochetus rufostenus, differing in having the dorsum of the pronotum smooth rather than sculptured, the head longer (head length > 1.11mm) and the petiolar node wider (maximum width > 0.28mm).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -14.66666667° to -14.66666667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • rufolatus. Anochetus rufolatus Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 20, fig. 13 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland: Lizard I.).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 2 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, Lizard I., 14°40’S, 145°28’E, 26.ii.1992 (H. Reichel); paratypes: 1 worker with same data, 1 worker with same data but 25.ii.1992.
    • Type-depository: ANIC.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material


Worker description. Sculpturing on front of head extending slightly beyond eyes. Scapes not reaching posterolateral corners ('lobes') of head; with limited pubescence and a limited number of erect hairs. Pronotum with striations running transversely on anterior section, longitudinally on lateral surfaces, disappearing dorsally and becoming rugose posterolaterally. Mesonotum smooth and shining. Dorsum of propodeum slightly flattened and with coarse striate-rugose sculpture; majority of hairs only slightly raised above the underlying surface. Propodeal angles rounded. Metapleuron with coarse striations. Petiolar node robust with thick, truncate apex and sculptured with transverse striations. Erect hairs on hind tibiae limited to the outer surfaces. Colour dark brown, head and legs yellow-brown, antennae and mandibles yellow.

Measurements. Worker (n = 3): CI 78–91; EI 20–24; EL 0.21–0.26; HL 1.12–1.21; HW 0.87–1.10; HFL 0.96–1.08; ML 1.35–1.46; MandL 0.58–0.63; MTL 0.67–0.75; PronI 62–75; PronW 0.65–0.70; SL 0.85–0.98; SI 88–98.