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Species: Odontomachus simillimus   Smith, 1858 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Odontomachus simillimus Smith, 1858a PDF: 80, pl. 5, figs. 8, 9 (q.) FIJI ISLANDS. Oceania. Primary type information: Fiji Islands, Navai; CASENT0900649; BMNH AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Revived from synonymy: Wilson, 1959c PDF: 499; Brown, 1976a: 106.
Senior synonym of Odontomachus fuscipennis: Wilson, 1959c PDF: 499; of Odontomachus breviceps, Odontomachus pallidicornis: Brown, 1976a: 106.

Taxon Page Images:

 Western Ghats, Kerala. photo Dr Kalesh Sadasivan


Odontomachus simillimus male 


// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Seychelles
    Asia: Christmas Island, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand
    Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Oceania
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions

Distribution Notes:



Worker: 4-8mm

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Odontomachus simillimus   Fisher, B. L. & Smith, M. A., 2008, A revision of Malagasy species of Anochetus Mayr and Odontomachus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., PLoS ONE 3, pp. 1-23: 15-16, (download) 15-16 21401 GoogleMaps
Odontomachus simillimus   Smith, F., 1859, Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at the Islands of Aru and Key., Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 3, pp. 132-158: 144, (download) 144 10342
Odontomachus simillimus   Sorger, D. M. & Zettel, H., 2011, On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Odontomachus Latreille, 1804., Myrmecological News 14, pp. 141-163: 158-161, (download) 158-161 23311
Odontomachus simillimus   Smith, F., 1860, Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at Celebes. (Part Formicidae), Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 5, pp. 57-93: 72, (download) 72 2592

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 68 times found in primary rainforest, 46 times found in Disturbed forest, 25 times found in Pandanus & Casaurina forest, 21 times found in forest, 20 times found in secondary forest, 25 times found in Rainforest, 13 times found in coastal forest, 5 times found in forest edge, 5 times found in mixed forest, 8 times found in coastal scrub, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 204 times malaise trap, 69 times sifted litter, 9 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 14 times Ex rotten log, 13 times ground forager(s), 8 times Under stone, 5 times foraging on ground, 1 times nesting under stone, 2 times nesting in log, 3 times On ground, 3 times under rootmat, litter on rock, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 281 times M, 71 times L, 23 times H, 24 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator, 5 times CDC light trap, 5 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 10 times hand collected|aspirator, 4 times Malaise, 3 times winkler 2, 6 times hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, maple syrup, 4 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1828 meters, 248 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1914-03-01 and 2015-04-21

Type specimens: Holotype of Ponera pallidicornis: casent0901350; syntype of Odonotomachus haematoda breviceps: casent0901486; syntype of Odonotomachus haematodes fuscipenis: casent0907433; syntype of Odontomachus simillimus: casent0900649, casent0900650; type of Odontomachus haematodes var. fuscipennis: focol1049, focol1050, focol1051

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