This rare species is known from a limited number of collections in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, northern Northern Territory and on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. All specimens were collection from pitfall traps or pan traps.
A member of the ceylonicus group. Head capsule entirely smooth and essentially uniformly coloured; scape relatively short (scape index < 91); sculpturing on pronotum extending posteriorly onto the main pronotal body; body larger (head width > 0.62mm). This species is morphologically similar to A. turneri but can be separated from it by its larger size and more extensive sculpturing on the pronotum.
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Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- acerbus. Aenictus acerbus Shattuck, 2008c: 4, figs. 1-3, 7, 8, 24 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
- Holotype, worker, 9km ENE Mt. Tozer, Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection; ex. pan traps. , 5–10 July 1986, J.C. Cardale, ANIC32-023688,
- Paratype, 2 workers, 9km ENE Mt. Tozer, Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection; ex. pan traps. , 5–10 July 1986, J.C. Cardale, ANIC32-023646,
Mandible narrow and subtriangular, with a large apical tooth and a smaller subapical tooth followed by 4–6 small teeth and a larger basal tooth; anterior clypeal border varying from weakly convex to weakly concave, located at or slightly posterior to anterior margin of frontal lobes in full face view; parafrontal ridges absent; subpetiolar process a large rectangular to elongate-rectangular projection; head entirely smooth, pronotum with weak, closely spaced punctures dorsally and anteriorly, smooth posterolaterally, remainder of mesosoma finely punctate with weak longitudinal rugae on lateral surfaces; body yellowred to light red-brown.
Measurements. Worker (n = 13) - CI 88–97; HL 0.66–0.73; MTL 0.59–0.67; HW 0.62–0.66; ML 1.07–1.17; SI 81–91; SL 0.53–0.58.
- Jaitrong, W. & Yamane, S. 2011. Synopsis of Aenictus species groups and revision of the A. currax and A. laeviceps groups in the eastern Oriental, Indo-Australian, and Australasian regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Aenictinae). Zootaxa, 3128, 1–46. PDF
- Shattuck, S.O. 2008c. Review of the ant genus Aenictus in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr). Zootaxa 1926: 1-19.