Anochetus rufostenus

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Anochetus rufostenus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. rufostenus
Binomial name
Anochetus rufostenus
Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012

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Specimen labels

This rare species has been encountered a limited number of times on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. Available material is from pitfall traps placed in savannah woodlands.


Sculpture on front of head extending only slightly beyond eyes; pronotum longitudinally striate both dorsally and laterally; mesonotum smooth and without sculpturing; petiolar node in side view narrowing only slightly dorsally and trapezoid-shaped, with the striations along its entire height; propodeal angle gently rounded. This species is most similar to Anochetus rufolatus but differs in having the dorsum of the pronotum longitudinally striate rather than smooth, the head shorter (head length < 1.04mm) and the petiolar node narrower (maximum width < 0.28mm).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -15.18333333° to -15.18333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.




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

  • rufostenus. Anochetus rufostenus Shattuck & Slipinska, 2012: 21, fig. 14 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 1 paratype worker.
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, Hann River, 15°1’S, 143°52’E, 15.x.-20.x.1993 (P. Zborowski & D. Rentz); paratype worker Australia: Queensland, Weipa, vii.1982 (J.D. Majer).
    • Type-depository: ANIC.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material


Worker description. Sculpturing on front of head extending slightly beyond eyes. Scapes not reaching posterolateral corners ('lobes') of head; with limited pubescence and a limited number of erect hairs. Pronotum with distinct longitudinal striations grading into striate-rugose sculpturing posterolaterally. Anterior section of pronotum with transverse wrinkles followed by a distinct ridge. Mesonotum smooth and shining. Dorsum of propodeum slightly flattened laterally, with coarse striate-rugose sculpture and the majority of hairs strongly inclined. Propodeal angles rounded. Metapleuron with coarse striations. Petiolar node robust with thick, truncate apex; with transverse striations. Erect hairs on hind tibiae limited to the outer surfaces. Colour brown, head and legs yellow-brown, antennae and mandibles yellow.

Measurements. Worker (n = 2): CI 90–95; EI 23–24; EL 0.21–0.23; HL 1.02–1.03; HW 0.92–0.97; HFL 0.85–0.88; ML 1.26–1.32; MandL 0.54–0.56; MTL 0.59–0.61; PronI 64–64; PronW 0.59–0.62; SL 0.78–0.80; SI 82–84.


  • Shattuck, S.O. & Slipinska, E. 2012. Revision of the Australian species of the ant genus Anochetus (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Zootaxa 3426, 1–28.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Shattuck S. O., and E. Slipinska. 2012. Revision of the Australian species of the ant genus Anochetus (Hymeoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3426: 1-28.