Aphaenogaster baogong

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Aphaenogaster baogong
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. baogong
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster baogong
Terayama, 2009

Aphaenogaster baogong side (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Aphaenogaster baogong top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

This species inhabits forests, and nests under stones or rotten wood.


Terayama (2009) - This species has an elongate head and prothorax. It resembles Aphaenogaster wangtian sp. nov. and Aphaenogaster takahashii Wheeler, 1930, but is easily distinguished from the latters by the shape of occiput of head (not constricted).


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (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.



Aphaenogaster baogong mesosoma (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg


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

  • baogong. Aphaenogaster baogong Terayama, 2009: 166, fig.208 (w.) TAIWAN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 30 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Taiwan: Nantou Pref., Nanfen-Cun, Nanshanxi, 12.viii.1984 (M. Terayama); paratypes: 11 workers with same data, 3 workers with same data but 3.viii.1981, 9 workers Taiwan: Kaohsiung Pref., Liukuei, 23.viii.1987 (H. Sakai), 7 workers Taiwan: Nantou Pref., Wushe, 23.viii.1987 (S. Kubota).
    • Type-depositories: NIAS (holotype); NIAS, NSMT, TARI (paratypes).
    • Distribution: Taiwan.

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



Head microreticulate, 1.50 times as long as wide; posterior portion of head behind eyes elongated; CI = 74, CI-II = 67; posterior margin strongly convex in full face view. Clypeus with several longitudinal rugae. Antenna long; scape longer than head lenght; SI = 185, SI-II = 205, scape scattered with short subdecumbent hairs, without long erect or suberect hairs. Eye 0.25 mm in maximum diameter.

Pronotum weakly microreticulate, elongated anteriorly in profile; mesonotum smooth and shining, mesopleuron microreticuate; propodeal spine long and acute, twice as long as its basal width, directed to posterior margin.

Petiole with a long peduncle; node triangular, with dully angulate dorsum. Postpetiole with convex dorsal margin in profile.

Hl 1.45, HW 1.00, HW-II 0.90, SL 1.85, WL .95, PL 0.55, PH 0.31, DPW 0.22, PPL 0.34, PPH 0.30, PPW 0.33, TL 5.5

Color. Body brown, gaster dark brown.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Nanshanxi, Nanfen-Cun, Nantou Pref., 12 viii. 1984, M. Terayama leg. Paratypes. 11w, same data as the holotype, 3w, same locality, 3.viii.1981, M.Terayama leg.: 9w, Liukuei, Kaohsiung Pref., 23 VIII. 1987, H. Sakai leg.; 7W,Wushe, Nantou Pref., 23 viii 1987, S. Kubota leg. Holotype in NIAES, paratypes in NIAES, NSMT and TARI.


The specific epithet is the Chinese noun baogong which is the name of a Taiwanese god.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Terayama M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266.
  • Terayama Mamoru. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta, Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.
  • Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta; Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.