This species was originally described by Walker (1839) as a chalcid wasp based on a male collected by Charles Darwin in Sydney, NSW. It was first recognised as an ant by Bouček (1988) who speculated that it belonged to the subfamily Formicinae (this was confirmed at the time by Barry Bolton). A more recent examination by Steve Shattuck (unpublished) has revealed that this taxon belongs to the genus Ochetellus and is likely a senior synonym of O. glaber.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- democles. Eucharis democles Walker, 1839: 15 (m.) AUSTRALIA. (In Chalcidoidea: Eucharitidae.) Transferred to Formicidae, Formicinae: Boucek, 1988: 759. Combination in Ochetellus: Fisher, unpublished datum.
- Walker, F. 1839. Monographia Chalciditum. Volume 2. London: Ballière, 100 pp.
- Bouček Z (1988) Australasian Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). A Biosystematic Revision of Genera of Fourteen Families, with a Reclassification of Species: CAB International.