Anochetus kempfi , Brown, WL Jr.,, 1978

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: 611-612

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6757

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scientific name

Anochetus kempfi
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new species

Anochetus kempfi  HNS  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. haytianus  HNS  superspecies, and very similar to A. tongispina  HNS  , but differing from it and from A. haytianus  HNS  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 tongispina  HNS  , but are much longer than those of haytianus  HNS  . The striation is also finer and more opaque (sericeous in some lights) than in tongispina  HNS  or haytianus  HNS  , 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. testaceus  HNS  , 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".