Aenictus clavatus

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Aenictus clavatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. clavatus
Binomial name
Aenictus clavatus
Forel, 1901

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Known only from males.

Images from AntWeb

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Male (alate). Specimen code casent0901982. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • clavatus. Aenictus clavatus Forel, 1901a: 471 (m.) INDIA (Maharashtra, Gujarat, “Inde septentrionale”).
    • Type-material: syntype males (number not stated).
    • [Note: Baroni Urbani, 1977e: 65, cites 3m syntypes NHMB.]
    • Type-localities: India: Poona (R.C. Wroughton), India: “Inde septentrionale” (R.C. Wroughton), India: Guzerath (= Gujarat) (R.C. Wroughton).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG, NHMB.
    • Status as species: Bingham, 1903: 12; Emery, 1910b: 30; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 14; Wilson, 1964a: 482; Bolton, 1995b: 59; Tiwari, 1999: 18; Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 20.
    • Distribution: India.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus atripennis, kanariensis, sundaicus.

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


Forel 1901. Page 471.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1901. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part VIII. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 13: 462-477
  • Tiwari R. N., B. G. Kundu, S. Roy Chowdhury, and S. N. Ghosh. 2003. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Fauna of Sikkim. Part 4. State Fauna Series. 9.Zool.Surv.India. i-iii, 1-512. Chapter pagination: 467-506.
  • Tiwari, R.N. 1999. Taxonomic studies on ants of southern India (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Memoirs of the Zoological Survey of India 18(4):1-96