Acanthomyrmex careoscrobis

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Acanthomyrmex careoscrobis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Acanthomyrmex
Species: A. careoscrobis
Binomial name
Acanthomyrmex careoscrobis
Moffett, 1986

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Specimen Labels

Nests are found in cavities in dead twigs or rotten wood, under or between stones and in litter on the forest floor. They usually contain tiny fig seeds

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  



Moffett (1986) - Similar to Acanthomyrmex mindanao, but lacking even a poorly developed funicular scrobe; without strongly projecting medial clypeal lobes. Major worker unknown.

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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Eight colonies contained 22.6±11.1 workers and 1.8±0.9 soldiers. Six colonies contained a single dealate queen, whereas two colonies had a mated ergatoid queen instead. Yamada et al. (2018) found 7-250 fig seeds inside the nests, confirming the prevalence of this specialized diet in the genus.

The holotype was collected from a mixed dipterocarp forest.


Colonies of A. careoscrobis can produce both winged and ergatoid queens. Ergatoid queens may function as cheaper secondary reproductive females. Both queen types have the same number of ovarioles, however ergatoid queens show variable intermediate external morphology between soldiers and winged queens.

Soldier and worker of A. careoscrobis. Soldiers have powerful mandibles used to crack fig seeds. Note different scales. From Yamada et al. 2018
Dealate queen and ergatoid queen of A. careoscrobis. Note different scales. From Yamada et al. 2018


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

  • careoscrobis. Acanthomyrmex careoscrobis Moffett, 1986c: 78, figs. 39A, 40-43 (w.) BORNEO.

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



Minor. Holotype measures HW 0.94, HL 0.79 (CI 118), ML 0.70 (MI 88), SL 0.80 (SI 86), EL 0.16, HFL 0.83 (FLI 105; FWI 24) mm. Head shape similar to A. mindanao, but slightly more deeply concave across posterior margin. Maximum head width virtually the same above and below the level of the eyes. Head with rounded foveae having thick walls; dorsally the longest hairs extend about 0.10 mm. Without any trace of grooves to retain retracted funiculi adjacent to scrobes for each scape. Scapes relatively short, barely overreaching back margin of head when retracted to scrobes. Clypeal index 178. Lobe to each side of medial clypeal hair feeble (essentially absent) and widely separated from the hair; lateral clypeal hairs apparently not in a completely enclosed fovea, but sculpture difficult to interpret. Smooth medial area of clypeus bordered by longitudinal rugae laterally. Mandibles lacking a ventral tooth.

Spines on trunk relatively longer than in A. mindanao, with pronotal spines in particular not as reduced in length. Pronotal spines with one hair or none. Pronotal angle not forming a feeble tooth. Propodeal declivity bordered on each side by a single rugum.

Node of petiole as in figure, PWI narrow (ca. 49). Anterior peduncle of petiole shorter and deeper than in A. mindanao and other species in the genus, and with lateral petiolar hairs present and sublateral hairs lacking; subpetiolar declivity present. Postpetiole similar to A. mindanao; with two pairs of hairs dorsally and two lateral pairs. Femora with scattered hairs throughout length, and with ventral surfaces distinctly concave; hind femora relatively short (FLI < 110). Orange yellow, with legs yellow.

Type Material

Holotype. Minor worker deposited in The Natural History Museum from Malaysia: Sarawak: 4th Div., Gunung Mulu National Park, mixed dipterocarp forest, 200 m, pitfall trap, 14/III/1978 (N. M. Collins).


Name derived from Latin careo + scrobis, referring to the lack of scrobes for retracted funiculi.