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Genus: Aenictus   Shuckard, 1840 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 199 valid species, 25 valid subspecies

Aenictus Shuckard, 1840b PDF: 266. Type-species: Aenictus ambiguus, by original designation. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Enictus Walker, 1860 PDF: 306 and Smith, 1865a PDF: 79; incorrect subsequent spellings.]
[Note: Year lettering of references up to 2001 may not match AntCat lettering] Roger, 1863b: 36,41 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 394,457 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 17 (Aenictus, Typhlatta diagnoses); Mayr, 1879 PDF: 668 (Typhlatta species key); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 7 (catalogue); Forel, 1901a PDF: 464 (India & Sri Lanka species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 6 (diagnosis, India, Sri Lanka & Burma species key); Ashmead, 1906 PDF: 24 (genera key); Emery, 1910b PDF: 28 (diagnosis, catalogue); Arnold, 1915: 136, 137 (diagnosis, South Africa species key); Wheeler, 1922: 751 (Afrotropical catalogue); Wheeler, 1930j PDF: 198, 207 (A. (Typhlatta) & Philippines A. (Aenictus) species keys); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 10 (Asia checklist); Wilson, 1964a PDF: 436 (Indo-Australian species, revision, key); Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 52 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 6 (Australia, New Caledonia & New Zealand checklists); Billen & Gotwald, 1988: 293 (Dufour's gland); Terayama & Yamane, 1989 PDF: 602 (Indonesia, Sumatra species key); Dlussky et al., 1990 PDF: 179 (Turkmenistan species key); Bolton, 1990c PDF: 1358 (diagnosis, morphology, phylogeny); Baroni Urbani et al., 1992 PDF: 315 (phylogeny); Bolton, 1994: 12 (diagnosis, synoptic classification); Xu, 1994a: 118 (China species key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1047 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 58 (catalogue); Wu & Wang, 1995a: 50 (China species key); Hölldobler et al., 1996: 158 (metatibial gland); Shattuck, 1999: 58 (Australia synopsis); Billen et al., 1999: 307 (postpygidial gland); Zhou, 2001: 58 (China, Guangxi species key); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2010a PDF: 329 (Southeast Asia silvestrii-assemblage species revision, key); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2013 PDF (Southeast Asia Aenictus ceylonicus species group revision, key); Jaitrong & Wiwatwitaya, 2013 PDF (pachycerus-group diagnosis, Southeast Asia species key); Yamane & Wang, 2015 PDF: 53 (pachycerus-group, Borneo); Staab, 2015 PDF: 137 (ceylonicus-group, key to Chinese members); Borowiec, 2016 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427 PDF: 78 (worker, male diagnosis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 127 (brief male diagnosis); Jaitrong & Ruangsittichai, 2018 10.3897/zookeys.775.26893 PDF: 112 (Asia wroughtonii species group key); Gómez, 2022 PDF: 1 (Afrotropical revision), 8 (species groups), 12 (synopsis of Afrotropical species), 13 (Afrotropical species key (workers)), 16 (Aenictus asantei species group), 19 (Aenictus decolor species group), 25 (Aenictus eugenii species group), 36 (Aenictus koloi species group), 42 (Aenictus popeyei species group), 45 (Aenictus rixator species group), 48 (Aenictus rotundatus species group), 49 (Aenictus mariae species complex), 59 (Aenictus rotundatus species complex), 82 (Afrotropical species biogeography); Antony & Prasad, 2022 10.11609/jott.6962.14.3.20780-20785 PDF: 20785 (key to southern Asian Aenictus ceylonicus group species (workers)).

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Borneo, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicobar Island, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vietnam
    Europe: Greece
    Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Palearctic

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Aenictus   Shattuck, S. O., 2008, Review of the ant genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr)., Zootaxa 1926, pp. 1-19: 3-4, (download) 3-4 22170
Aenictus   Shattuck, S. O., 2008, Review of the ant genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia with notes on A. ceylonicus (Mayr)., Zootaxa 1926, pp. 1-19: 3-4, (download) 3-4 22170

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