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Species: Anochetus kempfi   Brown, 1978 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Anochetus kempfi Brown, 1978c PDF: 611, fig. 52 (w.) PUERTO RICO (Culebra I.). Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Puerto Rico: Culebra I. (W.M. Wheeler). Type-depository: MCZC. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 6 paratype workers. Paratype-localities: 5 paratype workers with same data as holotype, 1 paratype worker Puerto Rico: Cataño, nr San Juan, epigaean carrion trap #10 (S. Peck). Paratype-depositories: AMNH, BMNH, MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Brandão, 1991 PDF: 325; Bolton, 1995b: 64; Torres et al., 2000 PDF: 509.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Brown, WL Jr.,, 1978, Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography., Studia Entomologica 20, pp. 549-638

Anochetus kempfiHNS new species (fig. 52)

Worker, holotype: TL 8.4, HL 1.61, HW 1.31, ML 1.05, WL 2.49, scape L 1.70, eye L 0.33 mm; Cl 81, MI 65.

Paratype workers: TL 7.4-8.1, HL 1.52-1.62, HW 1.25-1.31, ML 0.97- 1.05, WL 2.30-2.54, scape L 1.61-1.80, eye L 0.31-0.32 mm; Cl 81-82, MI 64-65 (based on 4 workers from Culebra I. and Cataño, Puerto Rico).

Belonging to the the A. haytianusHNS superspecies, and very similar to A. tongispinaHNS, but differing from it and from A. haytianusHNS in possessing well-developed , erect, acute propodeal teeth (fig. 52). The spines atop the petiolar node (L about 0.20 mm) are not quite as long and slender as those of tongispinaHNS, but are much longer than those of haytianusHNS. The striation is also finer and more opaque (sericeous in some lights) than in tongispinaHNS or haytianusHNS, especially on pronotum.

Ferruginous yellow in color; mandibles, appendages and petiole pale yellow.

Queen and male unknown; queen almost certainly will prove to be ergatoid.

Holotype (MCZ) and 5 paratype workers, 2 of them headless (MCZ, BMNH-London), from Culebra Island, Puerto Rico (W. M. Wheeler). According to the collector (Wheeler, 1908: 125), the Culebra samples, which he assigned to A. testaceusHNS, came from "Several colonies nesting under stones in the shade of trees along the dry arroyos on the higher part of the island (Monte Resaca). The number of individuals in a colony varies from about thirty to one hundred". Probably more Culebra specimens exist in AMNH-New York. An additional paratype worker, slightly darker than the (possibly faded) Culebra sample, comes from Catafio, near San Juan, Puerto Rico (S. Peck), "from epigaean carrion trap # 10".

Specimen Habitat Summary

Type specimens: paratype of Anochetus kempfi: casent0902430

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