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Genus: Aenictus   Shuckard, 1840 


Current Valid Name:

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

Aenictus in Dorylinae: Mayr, 1865 PDF: 17 [Dorylidae]; Forel, 1878c PDF: 365 (footnote) [Dorylidae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 7 [Dorylinae]; Emery, 1896e PDF: 174 [Dorylinae].
Aenictus as genus: all authors.
[Enictus: incorrect subsequent spelling by Walker, 1860 PDF: 306; Smith, 1865a PDF: 79.]
Genus Aenictus catalogues
Mayr, 1863a PDF: 394, 457 (Aenictus, Typhlatta); Roger, 1863b PDF: 36, 41 (Typhlatta, Aenictus); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 7; Emery, 1895l PDF: 746 (Africa); Emery, 1910b PDF: 29; Wheeler, 1922: 751 (Afrotropical); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 10 (Asia); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 52 (Australia); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 6 (Australia); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1047 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 58; Borowiec, 2016 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427 PDF: 85 (species checklist); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 186 (Afrotropical checklist).
Genus Aenictus references
Mayr, 1865 PDF: 17 (Aenictus, Typhlatta diagnoses); Mayr, 1879 PDF: 668 (Typhlatta species key); Forel, 1901a PDF: 464 (India and Sri Lanka species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 6 (diagnosis, India, Sri Lanka and Burma species key); Ashmead, 1906 PDF: 24 (genera key); Emery, 1910b PDF: 28 (diagnosis); Arnold, 1915: 136, 137 (diagnosis, South Africa species key); Wheeler, 1930j PDF: 198, 207 (Aenictus (Typhlatta) and Philippines Aenictus (Aenictus) species keys); Wilson, 1964a PDF: 436 (Indo-Australian species, revision, key); Billen & Gotwald, 1988 PDF: 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); 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, 2001a PDF: 58 (China, Guangxi species key); Perfilieva, 2002 PDF: 1239 (venation); Brady, 2003 PDF: 6575 (phylogeny); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 36, 146 (diagnosis, synopsis); Brady & Ward, 2005 PDF: 593 (phylogeny); Moreau et al., 2006 PDF: 102 (phylogeny); Brady et al., 2006 PDF: 18173 (phylogeny); Ward, 2007c PDF: 555 (classification); Shattuck, 2008c PDF: 3 (Australia, all species revision, key); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 124 (Taiwan species key); Jaitrong et al., 2010 PDF: 34 (Aenictus wroughtonii group key); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2010a PDF: 329 (Southeast Asia Aenictus silvestrii assemblage species revision, key); Jaitrong et al., 2011 PDF: 321 (Laos species key); Keller, 2011 PDF: 1 (morphology, phylogeny); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2011a PDF: 4, 11, 24 (Aenictus species groups key, Aenictus currax group key, Aenictus laeviceps group key); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2012a PDF: 52, 67 (Aenictus javanus and Aenictus philippinensis groups keys); Bharti et al., 2012 PDF: 293 (India species key); Jaitrong & Wiwatwitaya, 2013 PDF: 98 (Southeast Asian Aenictus pachycerus group diagnosis, key); Jaitrong & Yamane, 2013 PDF: 169 (Southeast Asia Aenictus ceylonicus species group revision, key); Brady et al., 2014 10.1186/1471-2148-14-93 PDF: 4 (phylogeny); Eguchi et al., 2014 10.11646/zootaxa.3860.1.1 PDF: 20 (diagnosis, Vietnam synopsis); Yamane & Wang, 2015 PDF: 53 (Aenictus pachycerus group, Borneo); Staab, 2015 PDF: 137 (Aenictus ceylonicus group, key to Chinese members); Borowiec, 2016 10.3897/zookeys.608.9427 PDF: 78 (diagnosis); Fisher & Bolton, 2016: 184 (diagnosis); Wong & Guénard, 2016b 10.3161/00034541ANZ2016.66.1.002 PDF: 37 (Aenictus minutulus group key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 127 (brief male diagnosis); Jaitrong & Ruangsittichai, 2018 10.3897/zookeys.775.26893 PDF: 112 (Asian Aenictus wroughtonii group key); Heterick, 2021 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.86.2021.001-245 PDF: 54 (Western Australia species 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)); Borowiec & Salata, 2022 PDF: 15 (diagnosis).

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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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