Anochetus medogensis

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Anochetus medogensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Anochetus
Species: A. medogensis
Binomial name
Anochetus medogensis
Chen, Yang & Zhou, 2019

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Known only from the type-locality: Beibeng Village, Modog County, Tibet, China.


Chen et al. (2019) - China: Similar to Anochetus princeps, but can be distinguished from the later by the following characters: scapes surpassing to posterior corners of head by 1/10 of its length; petiole cone-shaped, with a pointed dorsal apex.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 29.25° to 29.25°.

Tropical South

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.

  • medogensis. Anochetus medogensis Chen, Yang & Zhou, 2019: 60, fig. 5 (w.) CHINA (Tibet).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 9 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype China: Tibet, Modog County, Beibeng Town, Beibeng Village, 29.25°N, 95.19°E, 840 m., 28.viii.2016, No. G160581 (Z. Chen); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: GNUC (holotype); GNUC, IZAS, SFCY (paratypes).
    • Distribution: China.

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



TL7.86, HL 1.89, HW 1.65, CI 87, SL 1.68, SI 102, ED 0.23, PW 0.92, MSL 2.52, PL 0.47, PH 0.67, DPW 0.36, LPI 143, DPI 76.

Paratype: TL7.35–7.89, HL 1.68–1.89, HW 1.44–1.65, CI 85–87, SL 1.49–1.68, SI 102–103, ED 0.19–0.23, PW 0.83–0.92, MSL 2.21–2.52, PL 0.42– 0.47, PH 0.62–0.67, DPW 0.28–0.36, LPI 143–150, DPI 68–76. (n = 9).

In full-face view head longer than broad, posterior margin strongly concave. Mandibles linear, gradually broadened apically; inner margin with 11 denticles; apical five denticles equally sized, remaining denticles gradually decreasing in size towards base; apical portion with three distinct teeth. Clypeus with concave anterior margin, lateral portion forming two round lobes above the base of mandibles. Antennae 12-segmented; scapes long, surpassing to posterior corners of head by 1/10 of its length. Eyes moderately large; maximum diameter of eye equal to the basal width of mandibles.

In lateral view mesosoma slender; pronotum moderately convex. Promesonotal suture narrowly notched. Mesonotum with a transverse ridge anteriorly. Metanotal groove deeply depressed. Dorsum of propodeum almost straight, sloping posteriorly; posterodorsal coner of propodeum narrowly rounded. Petiole cone-shaped, with a pointed dorsal apex, anterior margin slightly longer than posterior margin; subpetiolar process developed, directed posteroventrally as a distinct hook.

Frons longitudinally to obliquely striate posteriorly; remainder of head smooth and shining. Mesosoma smooth and shining, upper portion of lateral pronotum longitudinally striate, metathorax and propodeum obliquely rugose. Petiolar node smooth and shining, basal area faintly striate. Gaster smooth and shining.

Body dorsum with abundant erect to suberect hairs and sparse decumbent pubescence; scapes with sparse suberect hairs and abundant subdecumbent pubescence, tibiae with abundant suberect hairs and sparse decumbent pubescence. Body reddish brown; head, mandibles and antennae blackish brown; legs yellowish brown.

Type Material

Holotype worker, CHINA, Tibet, Modog Country, Beibeng Town, Beibeng Village, 29.25N, 95.19E, 840 m, 28.VIII.2016, leg. Zhilin Chen, No. G160581; 9 paratype workers from the same colony. [Holotype worker and 5 paratype worker are deposited in the Guangxi Normal University; 2 paratype workers will be deposited in the Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, China; 2 paratype workers will be deposited in the Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica (Chinese Academy of Sciences)].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chen Z., Z. Yang, and S. Zhou. 2019. Review of the ant genus Anochetus Mayr, 1861 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from China, with revival of the valid status of Anochetus gracilis. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 68: 49–74.