Odontomachus aciculatus

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Odontomachus aciculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. aciculatus
Binomial name
Odontomachus aciculatus
Smith, F., 1863

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Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • aciculatus. Odontomachus aciculatus Smith, F. 1863: 19 (w.) INDONESIA (Misool I.). Subspecies of cephalotes: Emery, 1887b: 428. Revived status as species: Wilson, 1959a: 489. Senior synonym of aeneus: Brown, 1976a: 102. Material of the unavailable name verticillatus referred here by Wilson, 1959a: 489. See also: Brown, 1976a: 123.
  • aeneus. Odontomachus aeneus Emery, 1911b: 534 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of aciculatus: Brown, 1976a: 102.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Odontomachus aciculatus

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “M” (= Mysol I.) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Stud. Entomol. 19: 67-171 (page 102, Senior synonym of aeneus; page 123, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1887e. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia (continuazione e fine). [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 25[=(2)(5): 427-432 (page 428, Variety of cephalotes)
  • Smith, F. 1863a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Mysol, Ceram, Waigiou, Bouru and Timor. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 7: 6-48 (page 19, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1959c. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia V. The tribe Odontomachini. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 120: 483-510 (page 489, Revived status as species, Material of the unavailable name verticillatus referred here)