Aphaenogaster inermita

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Aphaenogaster inermita
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. inermita
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster inermita
Bolton, 1995

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Specimen Labels


Hunting singly during daytime and nesting under stones in arid coastal areas on Malta (Schembri & Collingwood 1981; Boer, 2013).


A member of the A. testaceopilosa group. By the absence of propodeal spines or teeth, the workers cannot be confused with other species. Moreover, the setae are fine instead of bristle-like, as in most species. Gynes and males unknown. (Boer 2013)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Italy (type locality), Malta.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • inermis. Aphaenogaster semipolita var. inermis Santschi, 1933c: 390 (w.) ITALY. [First available use of Aphaenogaster testaceopilosa subsp. semipolita var. inermis Emery, 1908c: 320; unavailable name.] Raised to species: Schembri & Collingwood, 1981: 423. [Junior primary homonym of inermis Forel, above.] Replacement name: inermita Bolton, below.
  • inermita. Aphaenogaster inermita Bolton, 1995b: 70. Replacement name for inermis Santschi, 1933c: 390. [Junior primary homonym of inermis Forel, 1899c: 60.]

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



Boer (2013) - Lateral sides of mesosoma with weak longitudinal rugulae, on the propodeal dorsum absent or rugulose. Head longitudinally rugulose with some cross-connections. Terminal side of propodeum, opposite of petiole rugulose and punctate. Petiolar nodes punctate. Dorsal side of postpetiole with longitudinal costulae. Microstriae on dorsal side of gaster dense, less pronounced than in other species. Dorsal side of postpetiole matt. Pronotum matt glossy. Dorsal side of gaster matt satin. Terminal side of propodeum, opposite of the petiole matt glossy. Antennal club 4-segmented. Propodeal spines absent. Terminal side of propodeum oblong, without any spine, generally slightly dentate. All hairs not bristle-like as in most species. The fine hairs of the underside of the head and anterior side of the first coxae have the same shape as those of the mesosoma.

Measurements (n = 10). CI 78–81 (80); CL 1.22–1.41 (1.28) mm; CW 0.95–1.15 (1.02) mm; PHI 25–29 (27); PI 66–86 (77); PPPI 47–51 (50); PWI 20–24 (22); RPH 110–141 (126); SI 139–145 (142); SL 1.36–1.59 (1.44) mm.

Type Material