Prenolepis quinquedenta

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Prenolepis quinquedenta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Prenolepis
Species: P. quinquedenta
Binomial name
Prenolepis quinquedenta
Chen & Zhou, 2018

Fig. 17 Chen and Zhou 2018, Prenolepis quinquedenta body in lateral view.png

Fig. 18 Chen and Zhou, Prenolepis quinquedenta body in dorsal view.png

Nothing is known about the biology of Prenolepis quinquedenta.


Chen & Zhou (2018) - This new species is similar to Prenolepis fisheri, but differs by the anterior clypeal margin shallowly and broadly concave, declivous face and dorsal face of propodeum longitudinally impressed in the middle when view from behind, frontal area of head without reticulations.

Keys including this Species


Hunan, China.

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.




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

  • quinquedenta. Prenolepis quinquedenta Chen & Zhou, 2018: 63, figs. 16-18 (w.) CHINA.

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



Holotype. TL 3.4, HL 0.88, HW 0.83, CI 94, SL 1. 12, SI 134, PW 0.53, AL 1.18, EL 0.18. Paratypes (n=5). TL 3.1–3.6, HL 0.73–0.88, HW 0.70–0.83, CI 92–96, SL 0.93–1.12, SI 133–136, AL 1.10–1.18, EL 0.16–0.18.

Head longer than broad, or as broad as long. Clypeus convex, with a strong longitudinal carina in the middle, anterior margin shallowly and broadly concave. Mandibles with 5 teeth, the 3rd reduced. Eyes ovate, feebly convex, moderately large, placed behind the mid length of head. Antennae long, scapes extending about 1/3 of their length beyond posterior margin of head. Frontal carina short, reaching to anterior margin of eyes. Mesosoma stout, strongly medially constricted; in lateral view pronotum and mesonotum together form a convexity; propodeum low, broadly rounded with declivous face obliquely truncate, the latter longitudinally impressed in the middle; petiolar node inclined forward, posterodorsal corner rounded, dorsal face longitudinally concave in the middle when view from behind. Gaster slightly longer than head.

Smooth and shining; mandibles weakly striate, frontal area of head without reticulations, several short longitudinal striations present on posterior portion of mesonotum where it joins propodeum. Setae soft, weak, and short, the longest satae are on clypeus, reaching up to 0.175 mm. Colored yellowish brown, gaster brown.

Type Material

Holotype worker. Huping Mt. (110°29.38'E, 29°50.26'N, elev. 722.7m), Hunan, China, 8.X.2003, coll. J.H. Huang (GXNU). Paratypes. 4 workers, same data as holotype; 1 worker, Yongshun County (109°57.53'E, 29°00.48'N, elev. 594.4m), Hunan, China, 21.X.2003, coll. J.H. Huang (3 in GXNU, 2 in ISLTU).


The species is named for its 5 teeth on masticatory margin of mandibles.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chen Z., and S. Zhou. 2018. A review of the ant genus Prenolepis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in China, with descriptions of four new species. Zoological Systematics 43(1): 58-65.