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==Identification==
 
==Identification==
 
Head capsule smooth posteriorly and weakly punctate between the frontal carinae and above the mandibular insertions; pronotum with large smooth areas dorsally and laterally, other areas micro-reticulate.
 
Head capsule smooth posteriorly and weakly punctate between the frontal carinae and above the mandibular insertions; pronotum with large smooth areas dorsally and laterally, other areas micro-reticulate.
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[[Key to Australian Aenictus Species|Key to Australian ''Aenictus'' species]]
  
 
==Distribution==
 
==Distribution==
 
This taxon was described from [[Australia]].
 
This taxon was described from [[Australia]].
  
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==Biology==
 
==Biology==
 
A colony from Bandong was found running in file during the late afternoon in midmountain rain forest. The workers wer carrying brood consisting of half-grown larvae; thus the colony is interpreted as being in the nomadic phase. Three ''Pheidole'' soldiers, representing at least 2 species, were retrieved from the mandibles of the the workers. (Wilson 1964)
 
A colony from Bandong was found running in file during the late afternoon in midmountain rain forest. The workers wer carrying brood consisting of half-grown larvae; thus the colony is interpreted as being in the nomadic phase. Three ''Pheidole'' soldiers, representing at least 2 species, were retrieved from the mandibles of the the workers. (Wilson 1964)
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[[File:Wilson 1964 Army Ant fig 64-75.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Wilson 1964 Army Ant fig 64-75]]
 
[[File:Wilson 1964 Army Ant fig 64-75.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Wilson 1964 Army Ant fig 64-75]]
 
Holotype worker and 5 paratype workers from Iron Range, Queensland ({{MCZC}}).
 
Holotype worker and 5 paratype workers from Iron Range, Queensland ({{MCZC}}).
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===Description===
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Mandible broad, triangular, with 6–9 widely spaced short teeth; anterior clypeal border broadly convex, even with or slightly posterior to anterior margin of frontal lobes; parafrontal ridges present; subpetiolar process weakly developed, broadly rounded anteriorly, flat posteriorly; head smooth laterally, remainder weakly to moderately punctate; posterior section of pronotum and entire mesonotum completely smooth to very weakly reticulate; anterior of pronotum, mesopleuron and entire propodeum weakly punctuate; body red-brown, head, antennae and legs lighter yellow-red.
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Measurements. Worker (n = 10) - CI 88–94; HL 0.66–0.71; HW 0.59–0.67; MTL 0.47–0.57; ML 0.96–1.06; SI 83–89; SL 0.52–0.59.
  
 
===Type Material===
 
===Type Material===
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===Description===
 
Mandible broad, triangular, with 6–9 widely spaced short teeth; anterior clypeal border broadly convex, even with or slightly posterior to anterior margin of frontal lobes; parafrontal ridges present; subpetiolar process weakly developed, broadly rounded anteriorly, flat posteriorly; head smooth laterally, remainder weakly to moderately punctate; posterior section of pronotum and entire mesonotum completely smooth to very weakly reticulate; anterior of pronotum, mesopleuron and entire propodeum weakly punctuate; body red-brown, head, antennae and legs lighter yellow-red.
 
 
Measurements. Worker (n = 10) - CI 88–94; HL 0.66–0.71; HW 0.59–0.67; MTL 0.47–0.57; ML 0.96–1.06; SI 83–89; SL 0.52–0.59.
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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*Bolton, B. 1995b.  A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 60, catalogue)
 
*Bolton, B. 1995b.  A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 60, catalogue)
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*Shattuck, S.O. (2008) Review of the ant genus ''Aenictus'' (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on ''A. ceylonicus'' (Mayr). Zootaxa 1926, 1–19.
 
*Wilson, E. O. 1964a.  The true army ants of the Indo-Australian area (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae). Pac. Insects 6: 427-483 (page 473, fig. 74 worker described)
 
*Wilson, E. O. 1964a.  The true army ants of the Indo-Australian area (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae). Pac. Insects 6: 427-483 (page 473, fig. 74 worker described)
===Additional References===
 
*Shattuck, S.O. (2008) Review of the ant genus ''Aenictus'' (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on ''A. ceylonicus'' (Mayr). Zootaxa 1926, 1–19.
 
*Wilson, E.O. (1964) The true army ants of the Indo-Australian area. Pacific Insects, 6, 427–483.
 
  
 
[[category:Species]]
 
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[[category:Formicidae]][[category:Aenictinae]][[category:Aenictus]][[category:Aenictus philiporum]]
 
[[category:Formicidae]][[category:Aenictinae]][[category:Aenictus]][[category:Aenictus philiporum]]
 
[[category:Aenictinae species]][[category:Aenictus species|philiporum]]
 
[[category:Aenictinae species]][[category:Aenictus species|philiporum]]
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Revision as of 12:47, 6 September 2013

Aenictus philiporum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Aenictinae
Genus: Aenictus
Species: A. philiporum
Binomial name
Aenictus philiporum
Wilson, 1964

Aenictus philiporum side view

Aenictus philiporum top view

This rare species has been collected only a limited number of times on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland and in eastern Papua New Guinea. Little is known concerning its biology (Shattuck, 2008).

Identification

Head capsule smooth posteriorly and weakly punctate between the frontal carinae and above the mandibular insertions; pronotum with large smooth areas dorsally and laterally, other areas micro-reticulate.

Key to Australian Aenictus species

Distribution

This taxon was described from Australia.

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Biology

A colony from Bandong was found running in file during the late afternoon in midmountain rain forest. The workers wer carrying brood consisting of half-grown larvae; thus the colony is interpreted as being in the nomadic phase. Three Pheidole soldiers, representing at least 2 species, were retrieved from the mandibles of the the workers. (Wilson 1964)

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • philiporum. Aenictus philiporum Wilson, 1964a: 473, fig. 74 (w.) AUSTRALIA. See also: Shattuck, 2008c: 13.
Wilson 1964 Army Ant fig 64-75

Holotype worker and 5 paratype workers from Iron Range, Queensland (Museum of Comparative Zoology).

Description

Mandible broad, triangular, with 6–9 widely spaced short teeth; anterior clypeal border broadly convex, even with or slightly posterior to anterior margin of frontal lobes; parafrontal ridges present; subpetiolar process weakly developed, broadly rounded anteriorly, flat posteriorly; head smooth laterally, remainder weakly to moderately punctate; posterior section of pronotum and entire mesonotum completely smooth to very weakly reticulate; anterior of pronotum, mesopleuron and entire propodeum weakly punctuate; body red-brown, head, antennae and legs lighter yellow-red.

Measurements. Worker (n = 10) - CI 88–94; HL 0.66–0.71; HW 0.59–0.67; MTL 0.47–0.57; ML 0.96–1.06; SI 83–89; SL 0.52–0.59.

Type Material

References

The following references are based on the 2007 CD version of the New General Catalogue.

  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 60, catalogue)
  • Shattuck, S.O. (2008) Review of the ant genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr). Zootaxa 1926, 1–19.
  • Wilson, E. O. 1964a. The true army ants of the Indo-Australian area (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae). Pac. Insects 6: 427-483 (page 473, fig. 74 worker described)