Anochetus turneri

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

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Specimen Label


Anochetus turneri, while relatively broadly distributed from the tip of Cape York Peninsula south to approximately Rockhampton, is uncommonly collected. It has been found in rainforest and mangrove habitats in litter samples.


Sculpture on front of head extending only slightly beyond eyes; pronotum smooth dorsally, sculptured laterally; mesonotum with transverse striations which extend onto the dorsal surface of the propodeum, and never smooth; anterior face of petiolar node swollen basally and with a distinct angle near mid-height. The sculptured mesonotum and unique shape of the petiolar node will separate this taxon from all other Australian species.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -10.68332958° to -22.85000038°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea, Philippines.

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.




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

  • turneri. Anochetus turneri Forel, 1900b: 55 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Queensland, Mackay (Turner).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC, MHNG.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1911d: 110; Brown, 1978c: 559, 598; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 21; Taylor, 1987a: 7; Bolton, 1995b: 66; Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 22.
    • Senior synonym of latunei: Brown, 1978c: 559; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 21; Taylor, 1987a: 7; Bolton, 1995b: 66; Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 23.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • latunei. Anochetus turneri var. latunei Forel, 1915b: 35 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Queensland, Yarrabah (E. Mjöberg).
    • Type-depository: NHRS.
    • Junior synonym of turneri: Brown, 1978c: 559; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 21; Taylor, 1987a: 7; Bolton, 1995b: 64; Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 23.

Type Material


Worker description. Sculpturing on front of head extending slightly beyond eyes. Scapes not reaching posterolateral corners ('lobes') of head; with abundant pubescence and a limited number of erect hairs. Pronotum smooth and shining, with anterior and lateral surfaces striate. Dorsum of propodeum rounded laterally, without defined posterolateral angles and with erect hairs. Mesonotum, propodeum and metapleuron covered with distinct transverse striations. Petiolar node rounded dorsally and in lateral view with the base swollen and an angle near mid-height. Hind tibiae with only a few erect hairs. Colour dark brown, head, mandibles and legs brown, antennae yellow-brown.

Measurements. Worker (n = 5): CI 94–97; EI 20–21; EL 0.28–0.29; HL 1.45–1.48; HW 1.36–1.42; HFL 1.26–1.28; ML 1.70–1.85; MandL 0.78–0.81; MTL 0.95–0.97; PronI 58–62; PronW 0.79–0.88; SL 1.17–1.21; SI 82–86.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W.L. Jr. 1978. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography. Studia Ent. 20(1-4): 549-638.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Shattuck S. O., and E. Slipinska. 2012. Revision of the Australian species of the ant genus Anochetus (Hymeoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3426: 1-28.