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Species: Aneuretus simoni   Emery, 1893 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Aneuretus simoni Emery, 1893a: cclxxvi (w.) SRI LANKA. Indomalaya. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Also described as new by Emery, 1893h PDF: 242.]

Taxon Page Images:

Images courtesy of Prof. Sriyani Dias:  Workers and male collected from Lenagala Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka, collector, Mr. Sudesh Udayakantha, September 2016; the winged gyne is from Sinharaja Forest Reserve, collector S. Dias, August 2004. 

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Sri Lanka
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Aneuretus simoni is most common reserves and disturbed forest in the Wet Zone region in the South East of the island where it is found in the following districts: Matara, Galle, Ratnapura (several forests), Kalutara, Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle.  It is also known from the adjacent intermediate zone districts of Kandy and Matale.

Climatic zones of Sri Lanka: The wet zone receives an annual rainfall of over 2,500 mm while the intermediate zone, which lies between the dry and wet zones, receives an annual rainfall of 1,000 to 2,500 mm. The dry zone, which has a prolonged dry period of about eight months, has an annual rainfall of less than 1,000 mm. 

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Emery, C., 1893, Voyage de M. E. Simon à l'île de Ceylan (janvier - février 1892). 3 e Mémoire. Formicides., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 62, pp. 239-258

4. A. SimoniHNS, n. sp;

- [[ worker ]]. Testacea, subopaca, abdomine nitidiore, pubescens et sparse pilosa; caput cordiforme, postice arcuatim emarginatum, subtiliter reticulatum, mandibulis sublaevibus, apice, trideniaiis, praeterea denticulis nonnullis irregularibus, antennarum scapo ultra marginem posticum capitis producto, flagelli tenuis articulis 5 - 10 sensim crassioribus, omnibus longioribus guam crassioribus; thorax sutura promesonotali distincta, meso-metanotali profunde et late impressa, pronoto longitrorsum subtilissime striatulo, mesonoti transverse striati scutello elevata, metanoto transverse siriato-rugoso, basi gibbosulo, postice spinis longis, acutis, divergentibus armato; petiolus antice longe pedunculatus, postice nodo parvo, rotundata instructus. - Long. 1,8 mill.

Kandy, deux ouvrieres.

Les figures 1 et 2 me dispenseront d'une plus longue description de cette singuliere Fourmi, la plus remarquable de la serie recoltee par M. E. Simon, a qui je me fais un veritable plaisir de dedier l'espece.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in logged and unlogged forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood).

Elevations: collected at 591 m

Collect Date Range: collected between 1955-07-16 and 2005-03-17

Type specimens: syntype of Aneuretus simoni: casent0905041; type of Aneuretus butteli: focol2919

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