Odontomachus circulus

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Odontomachus circulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. circulus
Binomial name
Odontomachus circulus
Wang, M., 1993


A member of the Odontomachus rixosus group.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 29.78° to 21.85766667°.

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.




  • Liu, C. et al. 2020. Ants of the Hengduan Mountains, Figure 124, Odontomachus circulus.


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

  • circulus. Odontomachus circulus Wang, M. 1993a: 220, fig. 1 (w.) CHINA (Yunnan).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 94 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype China: Yunnan Prov., Longlin County, 1600 m., 15.v.1955 (Bushik); paratypes: 18 workers with same data, 11 workers Ruili County, 1450 m., 17.v.1956 (B. Zhou), 22 workers Luxi County, 1200 m., 18.v.1955 (Kryzhanovski), 13 workers Jiangdong County, 1000-1200 m., v.1956-iii.1957 (Kryzhanovski & Popov), 24 workers Xishuangbanna 580-1250 m., iii.1957-6.ix.1958 (Zheng, Popov, Hong & Panfilov), 3 workers Baoshan, 800-1200 m., 5-11.v.1955 (K. B.), 1 worker Zhenyuan County, 1100 m., 25.iv.1955 (Kryzhanovski), 1 worker Gejiu, 600 m., 19.v.1956 (D. Panfilov), 1 worker Pingbian Miao Aut. Co., 1350 m., 25.vi.1956 (D. Panfilov).
    • Type-depository: IZAS.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 295; Zhou & Ran, 2010: 106; Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 60; Chen, Shi & Zhou, 2018: 6 (in key).
    • Distribution: China.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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