Aenictus wudangshanensis

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Aenictus wudangshanensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. wudangshanensis
Binomial name
Aenictus wudangshanensis
Wang, W., 2006

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Specimen Labels

So far A. wudangshanensis has been known only from the type series collected in the Wudangshan Nature Reserve, Hubei Province. The four specimens from the Gutianshan National Nature Reserve agree very well with the original description of Wang (2006, therein figs 1.2). Like the type series, the specimens were collected at mid elevation in an evergreen broad-leaved forest and A. wudangshanensis may be restricted to this habitat type. (Staab, 2015)


Wang (2006) - Similar to Aenictus thailandianus, but differs from the latter by the following characters: anterior border of clypeus clearly concave , subpetiolar process rectangular, and the whole pronotum shining with weakly microreticulate.

Keys including this Species


Hubei and Zhejiang Provinces, eastern China.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 32.06666667° to 32.06666667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (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 the worker caste.


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

  • wudangshanensis. Aenictus wudangshanensis Wang, W. 2006: 637, figs. 1, 2 (w.) CHINA (Hubei).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 9 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype China: Hubei Prov., Wudangshan Nature Reserve (32.4°N, 110.9°E), 8.viii.2004 (W. Wang); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depository: HINE.
    • Status as species: Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 23; Staab, 2015: 141 (in key).
    • Distribution: China.

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


Type Material

Holotype worker, 600 m, Wudangshan Nature Reserve (3214°N, 11019°E), Hubei Province, 8 Aug. 2004, WANG Wei leg. Paratypes: 9 workers, collected from the same nest of the holotype. Deposited in the Insect Collection, Hubei Institute for Nationalities, China .


The specific name refers to the type locality.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Staab M., A. Schuldt, T. Assmann, H. Bruelheide, and A.M. Klein. 2014. Ant community structure during forest succession in a subtropical forest in South-East China. Acta Oecologia 61: 32-40.