Zasphinctus occidentalis

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Zasphinctus occidentalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Zasphinctus
Species: Z. occidentalis
Binomial name
Zasphinctus occidentalis
(Clark, 1924)

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Specimen labels

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


Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Sphinctomyrmex occidentalis is confined to the south-west corner of Australia.

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.

  • occidentalis. Eusphinctus (Eusphinctus) occidentalis Clark, 1924a: 74, fig. 1 (w.q.l.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: 360 syntype workers, 20 syntype queens.
    • [Note: numbers given by Clark in text.]
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Mundaring (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Combination in Sphinctomyrmex: Brown, 1975: 33;
    • combination in Zasphinctus: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 243.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1975: 33; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 51; Taylor, 1987a: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 392; Heterick, 2009: 131.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material