Anochetus obscurior

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Anochetus obscurior
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. obscurior
Binomial name
Anochetus obscurior
Brown, 1978

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Sri Lanka.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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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.




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

  • obscurior. Anochetus obscurior Brown, 1978c: 595.
    • [First available use of Anochetus orientalis r. kanariensis var. obscurior Forel, 1900c: 62 (w.) INDIA (Tamil Nadu); unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: India: Madras (G.A.J. Rothney).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 65; Bharti & Wachkoo, 2013a: 142 (in key); Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 48; Dias, R.K.S. et al. 2020: 103.
    • Distribution: India, Sri Lanka.



  • 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, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1900d. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part VI. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 13: 52-65 (page 62, First available use of Anochetus orientalis r. kanariensis var. obscurior; unavailable name.)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Varghese T. 2004. Taxonomic studies on ant genera of the Indian Institute of Science campus with notes on their nesting habits. Pp. 485-502 in : Rajmohana, K.; Sudheer, K.; Girish Kumar, P.; Santhosh, S. (eds.) 2004. Perspectives on biosystematics and biodiversity. Prof. T.C. Narendran commemoration volume. Kerala: Systematic Entomology Research Scholars Association, xxii + 666 pp.