Anochetus armstrongi with termite, copyright Mark Newton.

Belongs within: Ponerinae.

Anochetus is a pantropical genus of ponerine ants characterised by long, straight mandibles inserted near the cephalic midline with two or three large teeth near the tip arranged in a vertical series, together with two teeth or a rounded margin at the apex of the petiole, and an uninterrupted, inverted U-shaped ridge on the back of the head (Fisher & Smith 2008).

<==Anochetus Mayr 1861 [incl. Stenomyrmex Mayr 1862, Myrmapatetes Wheeler 1929] Z01
|–*A. ghilianii (Spinola 1851) [=Odontomachus ghilianii] Z01
|–A. armstrongi McAreavey 1949 TB85
|–A. boltoni Fisher & Smith 2008 FS08
|–A. goodmani Fisher & Smith 2008 FS08
|–A. graeffei Mayr 1870 (see below for synonymy) Z01
|    |–A. g. graeffei E14
|    `–A. ‘punctiventris’ oceanicus Emery 1897 E14
|–A. grandidieri Forel 1891 [incl. A. madecassus Santschi 1928] FS08
|–A. kanariensis Forel 1900 B03
|–A. longifossatus Mayr 1897 B03
|–A. madagascarensis Forel 1887 [=A. africanus madagascarensis; incl. A. africanus friederichsi Forel 1918] FS08
|–A. madaraszi Mayr 1897 B03
|–A. myops Emery 1893 B03
|–A. nietneri (Roger 1861) [=Odontomachus nietneri] B03
|–A. orientalis B03
|–A. paripungens Brown 1978 TB85
|–A. pattersoni Fisher & Smith 2008 FS08
|–A. princeps Emery 1884 B03
|–A. rectangularis Mayr 1876 [incl. A. rectangularis diabolus Forel 1915] TB85
|–A. renatae H13
|–A. risii Forel 1900 [incl. A. gracilis Karawajew 1925] Z01
|–A. sedilloti Emery 1884 [incl. A. sedilloti var. indicus] B03
|–A. turneri Forel 1900 [incl. A. turneri latunei Forel 1915] TB85
`–A. yerburyi Forel 1900 B03

Anochetus graeffei Mayr 1870 [incl. A. amati Karavajew 1925, A. minutus Karavajew 1925, A. punctiventris Mayr 1878, A. rudis Emery 1889, A. ruginotus Stitz 1925, A. taylori Forel 1900] Z01

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B03] Bingham, C. T. 1903. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera vol. 2. Ants and Cuckoo-Wasps. Taylor and Francis: London.

[E14] Emery, C. 1914. Les fourmis de la Nouvelle-Calédonie & des îles Loyalty. In: Sarasin, F., & J. Roux (eds) Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1 pt 4 pp. 393–436, pl. 12. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[FS08] Fisher, B. L., & M. A. Smith. 2008. A revision of Malagasy species of Anochetus Mayr and Odontomachus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLoS One 3 (5): e1787.

[H13] Heterick, B. E. 2013. A taxonomic overview and key to the ants of Barrow Island, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 83: 375–404.

[TB85] Taylor, R. W., & D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 2. Hymenoptera: Formicoidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea pp. 1–149. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.

[Z01] Zhou, S. 2001. Ants of Guangxi. Guangxi Normal University Press: Guilin (China).

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