Aphaenogaster edentula

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Aphaenogaster edentula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. edentula
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster edentula
Watanabe & Yamane, 1999

Common Name
Language: Japanese

This is a woodland species which nests in soil (Japanese Ant Image Database).


Total length of workers 4 - 6 mm. Body color dark brown; legs, petiole and postpetiole more brownish; mandibles, the four apical antennal segments and tarsi lighter. Head and pronotal dorsum with numerous standing hairs, which are longer and denser than those on gaster. Posterior border of head flat in full face view. Posterior portion of head shining, with simple, sparse striation. Funicular segments strongly constricted between them. Mesonotum raised, but lower than pronotum; covered with striae and shallow punctures. Lateral portions of mesopleurae with strong longitudinal striae and punctures. Propodeal spines weakly developed, low (each shorter than its basal width), with blunt apices. (Japanese Ant Image Database)


Known only from the Ogasawara Islands.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Japan (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.

  • edentula. Aphaenogaster edentula Watanabe & Yamane, 1999: 728, fig. 10 (w.q.m.) JAPAN.
    • Status as species: Imai, et al. 2003: 178.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Terayama M., S. Kubota, and K. Eguchi. 2014. Encyclopedia of Japanese ants. Asakura Shoten: Tokyo, 278 pp.
  • Terayama M., and S. Kubota. 2002. Ants of Tokyo, Japan. ARI 26: 1-32.
  • Watanabe H., and S. Yamane. 1999. New species and new status in the genus Aphaenogaster (Formicidae) from Japan. Pp. 728-736 in: Yamane, S.; Ikudome, S.; Terayama, M. 1999. Identification guide to the Aculeata of the Nansei Islands, Japan. Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, xii + 831 pp.