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Species: Ochetellus glaber   (Mayr, 1862) 

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See Also:

Ochetellus glaber_cf, Ochetellus glaber clarithorax, Ochetellus glaber consimilis, Ochetellus glaber sommeri

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 3 valid subspecies

Hypoclinea glabra Mayr, 1862 PDF: 705 (w.m.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Iridomyrmex: Mayr, 1865 PDF: 61; in Ochetellus: Shattuck, 1992a PDF: 17.
Senior synonym of Ochetellus itoi: Wu & Wang, 1995a: 124.
See also: Brown, 1958h PDF: 40.
Current subspecies: nominal plus O. g. clarithorax, O. g. consimilis, O. g. sommeri.

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Photo by Philip Herbst, 3 April 2016; specimen from 6 Rooikrantz Rd Zandvlei, Cape Town, South Africa


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Reunion, South Africa
    Americas: United States
    Asia: China, Japan
    Oceania: Australia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, New Zealand
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions

Distribution Notes:

North Island and Nelson


various habitats


first record in NZ; 1927 (R. Harris pers. comm.)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in urban garden, 6 times found in mountain forest/garden, 2 times found in Garden, 3 times found in Port of entry, 1 times found in Kaimuki residence, 1 times found in garden flower tubs, 2 times found in Pasture, 1 times found in Low 1/2 wet forest, 1 times found in flatwoods, 1 times found in native veg., rural environ., ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times under stone, 1 times in kitchen, 2 times From marri (E. calophylla), 1 times in soil, 1 times plant tub, 1 times from nest in dessicated pineapple, 1 times flower pot, 2 times tree-trunk, 2 times On tree-trunk, 1 times On the trail to Mafate's edge, 1 times on Eriobotrya japonica, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times pooter, 6 times Pitfall, 4 times Pyrethrum knockdown, 2 times By hand, 1 times at honey bait, 1 times ex root mat, 2 times Pitfall 138, 2 times general collecting, 1 times Pitfall 170, 1 times Aspiration, 1 times wet pits, ...

Elevations: collected from 3 - 1585 meters, 926 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1955-12-06 and 2016-11-14

Type specimens: syntype of Hypoclinea glabra: casent0915587; syntype of Iridomyrmex itoi: casent0909545; type of Iridomyrmex glaber var. nigrogaster: focol2839

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