Anochetus obscuratus

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Anochetus obscuratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. obscuratus
Binomial name
Anochetus obscuratus
Santschi, 1911

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (type locality), Guinea, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, United Republic of Tanzania.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • obscuratus. Anochetus madagascarensis var. obscurata Santschi, 1911c: 351 (w.q.) TANZANIA. Subspecies of africanus: Emery, 1911d: 108; Santschi, 1914b: 56. Raised to species: Santschi, 1923e: 265. Senior synonym of schoutedeni, ustus: Brown, 1978c: 558 (see also p. 602).
  • schoutedeni. Anochetus schoutedeni Santschi, 1923e: 264 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Junior synonym of obscuratus: Brown, 1978c: 558.
  • ustus. Anochetus schoutedeni var. ustus Santschi, 1923e: 265 (w.) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Junior synonym of obscuratus: Brown, 1978c: 558.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1978c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography. Stud. Entomol. 20: 549-638 (page 558, senior synonym of schoutedeni and ustus)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 108, variety of africanus)
  • Santschi, F. 1911c [1910]. Nouvelle fourmis d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 79: 351-369 (page 351, worker, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1914b. Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale, 1911-1912. Résultats scientifiques. Insectes Hyménoptères. II. Formicidae. Paris: Libr. A. Schulz, pp. 41-148. (page 56, variety of africanus)
  • Santschi, F. 1923e. Descriptions de nouveaux Formicides éthiopiens et notes diverses. I. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 11: 259-295 (page 265, raised to species)