Acanthostichus lattkei

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Acanthostichus lattkei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Acanthostichus
Species: A. lattkei
Binomial name
Acanthostichus lattkei
Mackay, W.P., 1996

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Specimen Labels

Collected in soil below leaf litter in a tropical forest.


A member of the serratulus species complex. Mackay (1996) - This species is closely related to the others in the complex, but is easily distinguished by the elongate antennal scapes, the absence of carinae on the sides of the petiole, and longitudinal striations on the dorsal surface of petiole. It lacks the strongly excised medial border of the clypeus of Acanthostichus bentoni and often has a tooth in the middle of the anterior border of clypeus.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Venezuela (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • lattkei. Acanthostichus lattkei Mackay, W.P., 1996: 160, figs. 11, 28, 29, 46 (w.) VENEZUELA.

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



HL 0.96-1.40, HW 0.93-1.34, SL 0.53-0.70, SW 0.16-0.24, WL 1.29-1.78, PW 0.40-0.59, PL 0.41-0.60, FL 0.74-1.04, FW 0.23-0.35, SI 48-55, SL/SW 2.89-3.23, CI 94-96, PI 98-103, FI 2.96-3.28.

Clypeus with well defined median tooth and well developed lateral angles; occiput concave; petiole longer than broad, subpetiolar process with a large, posteriorly directed tooth. Dorsum of petiole roughened, with at least two longitudinal troughs and many fine, longitudinal striae.

Type Material

Holotype worker Instituto de Zoologia Agricola]and 10 paratype workers The Natural History Museum, William and Emma Mackay, Fundacion e Instituto Miguel Lillo , Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Museo de Historia Natural, Bogata, MIZA, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, National Museum of Natural History, Venezuela, Tachira, Presa Las Cuevas, 44 Km NNW San Cristobal, 500 M. John Lattke; 7°48' N. 71°46' W [all seen].


  • MacKay, W. P. 1996. A revision of the ant genus Acanthostichus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 27: 129-179 (page 160, figs. 11, 28, 29, 46 worker described)