Arnoldius scissor

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Arnoldius scissor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Arnoldius
Species: A. scissor
Binomial name
Arnoldius scissor
(Crawley, 1922)

Arnoldius scissor was described by Crawley (1922) based on two queens. The peculiar character of the queen mandible (with its reduced dentition and sharp, curved, concave inner edge) strongly supports the notion that the queen is a social parasite. The queens were collected from a colony of Iridomyrmex innocens, and Crawley was of the opinion that this species was parasitic on I. innocens. (Heterick, 2009)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • scissor. Bothriomyrmex scissor Crawley, 1922c: 29, fig. 16 (q.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Combination in B. (Chronoxenus): Kutter, 1968b: 206;
    • combination in Arnoldius: Heterick, 2009: 44 (in text); Heterick & Shattuck, 2011: 166.
    • Status as species: Kutter, 1968b: 205; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 92; Taylor, 1987a: 9; Shattuck, 1994: 36; Bolton, 1995b: 81.

Type Material



5: 1-175.