Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus

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Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus
Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Calyptomyrmex
Species: C. retrostriatus
Binomial name
Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus
Shattuck, 2011

Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus side view

Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus top view Specimen Label

This rarely encountered species has been collected from a submontane forest in Sarawak. Nothing more is known of its biology.


Shattuck (2011) - Hairs on head and body thin (essentially the same width along entire length and with blunt tips) and sculpturing on gaster a series of widely spaced longitudinal striations. This species is most similar to Calyptomyrmex lineolus in having thin body hairs and a heavily sculptured gaster, but differs in having the gaster entirely striate rather than consisting of a network anteriorly and striations posteriorly. Additionally, the body is body smaller (head width < 1.00mm) in the Malaysian-based retrostriatus while it is larger (head width > 1.20mm) in the Australian lineolus.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Indonesia, Malaysia.

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.

  • retrostriatus. Calyptomyrmex retrostriatus Shattuck, 2011a: 19, fig. 13 (w.) BORNEO (East Malaysia: Sarawak).
    • Status as species: Akbar & Bharti, 2015: 8 (in key).

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



(n = 4) - CFW 0.13–0.15; CI 112–114: HL 0.78–0.85; HW 0.87–0.96; ML 0.86–0.96; MTL 0.37–0.41; PetI 162–178; PetL 0.22–0.24; PetW 0.36–0.41; PronW 0.58–0.65; SI 50–51; SL 0.45–0.49.

Mandibles weakly striate basally, smooth distally (along masticatory margin). Eyes with 5–6 ommatidia in greatest diameter. Propodeum in lateral view with spines reduced to broad convexities and essentially absent. Propodeal lobes slightly thickened posteriorly. Node of petiole in profile slightly higher and narrower than postpetiole. In dorsal view the petiolar node slightly narrower than the postpetiolar node. Head indistinctly rugose, the rugae forming an indistinct network with the rugae more closely spaced anteriorly and more widely spaced posteriorly, and with the underlying surface finely but distinctly punctate. Mesosoma and petiolar and postpetiolar nodes with irregular, wavy rugae superimposed over an indistinctly punctate background. Gaster distinctly longitudinally striate. Hairs on head and body erect, uniform in diameter and with sharp or blunt tips. Clypeal fork with thin hairs only, the apical pair slightly thinner than the lateral pair. Colour red-brown, the antennae and legs slightly lighter.

Type Material

Holotype worker and 2 worker paratypes from G. Matang, near Kuching, Sarawak, May 1994, Löbl (The Natural History Museum); 3 worker paratypes from Gn Matang, 20km W Kuching, Sarawak, 800m, 13 May 1994, Löbl & Burckhardt, submontane forest (The Natural History Museum).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Shattuck S. O. 2011. Revision of the ant genus Calyptomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in South-east Asia and Oceania. Zootaxa 2743:1-26.