Zasphinctus imbecilis

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Zasphinctus imbecilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Zasphinctus
Species: Z. imbecilis
Binomial name
Zasphinctus imbecilis
(Forel, 1907)

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Synonyms

In the SWBP this species is not very often seen, but their colonies can be found under rocks or logs (Heterick 2009).

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Heterick (2009) - Sphinctomyrmex imbecilis has a wide distribution in Australia.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • imbecilis. Sphinctomyrmex froggatti subsp. imbecilis Forel, 1907h: 272 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype ergatoid queens (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Lion Mill, Stat. 99, 1905 (W. Michaelsen & R. Hartmeyer).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC, MHNG.
    • [Misspelled as imbecillis by Emery, 1911d: 7.]
    • Combination in S. (Sphinctomyrmex): Emery, 1911d: 7;
    • combination in Eusphinctus (Nothosphinctus): Wheeler, W.M. 1918a: 235;
    • combination in Sphinctomyrmex: Brown, 1975: 33
    • combination in Zasphinctus: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 243.
    • Subspecies of froggatti: Emery, 1911d: 7.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1918a: 235; Brown, 1975: 33, 76; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392; Heterick, 2009: 131.
    • Senior synonym of brunnicornis: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
    • Senior synonym of fulvidus: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
    • Senior synonym of manni: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
    • Senior synonym of silaceus: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • brunnicornis. Eusphinctus (Nothosphinctus) brunnicornis Clark, 1930c: 2, fig. 1 (no. 1) (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Collie (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Junior synonym of imbecilis: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
  • fulvidus. Eusphinctus (Nothosphinctus) fulvidus Clark, 1924a: 75, fig. 2 (w.q.l.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: 680 syntype workers, 1 syntype ergatoid queen.
    • [Note: numbers given by Clark in text.]
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Mundaring (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Junior synonym of imbecilis: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
  • manni. Eusphinctus (Nothosphinctus) manni Wheeler, W.M. 1918a: 236, fig. 6 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (New South Wales).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “numerous”), 1 syntype ergatoid queen.
    • Type-locality: Australia: New South Wales, Blue Mts, Leura, xii.1916 (W.M. Mann).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Junior synonym of imbecilis: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.
  • silaceus. Eusphinctus (Nothosphinctus) silaceus Clark, 1924a: 77, fig. 3 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “a large number”).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Armadale (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Junior synonym of imbecilis: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 50; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392.

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