Echinopla tritschleri

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Echinopla tritschleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Echinopla
Species group: melanarctos
Species: E. tritschleri
Binomial name
Echinopla tritschleri
Forel, 1901

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Specimen labels


Zettel and Laciny (2015) - Echinopla tritschleri differs from Echinopla melanarctos, Echinopla pallipes and Echinopla circulus by the position of the eyes that are close to the mid-length of the head. The short hair of the mesosoma is less conspicuous than in E. pallipes and E. circulus sp. n. The sculpture of gaster tergite 1 is very characteristic: anteriorly with a few tubercles, sides and disc with punctures that flow together to form longitudinal lines, and posteriorly with punctures that flow together into transverse lines.

Gynes similar to workers but differing by the following characters: body much larger (TL 8.4–8.7 vs. 6.1–6.8; HW1 2.12–2.19 vs. 1.58–1.86); eyes slightly larger; ocelli present; scape wider; pedestals comparatively low and restricted to posterior of head, pronotum, propodeum, and base of gaster tergite 1; scutum and scutellum with coarse, irregular rugae, scutum anteriorly with short median carina; short pilosity of dorsum less obvious; thoracic structures as typical for winged ant gynes (all examined specimens with wings broken off); scutellum laterally with a short lobe.

Keys including this Species


Zettel & Laciny (2017) - Previous records of E. tritschleri were from Sumatra, Borneo (Forel 1901), and Kelantan in West Malaysia (Zettel & Laciny 2015). The record from Perak is the second from the Asian mainland.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • tritschleri. Echinopla tritschleri Forel, 1901h: 74 (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Forel, 1913: 134 (q.).

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


Type Material

Zettel & Laciny (2017) - 1 worker (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna), from West Malaysia, Perak, 20 km N of Ipoh, Banjaran Keledang, Ulu Chepor, Peninjau Mountains, 800 m a.s.l., 22–24.III.2002, leg. Petr Čechovský.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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