A New Species of Army Ant Genus Aenictus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from India

Sahanashree R, Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan

Journal of the Entomological Research Society | November 17, 2023

A new species, Aenictus kadalarensis sp. nov., belonging to the army ant genus Aenictus Shuckard 1840, is discovered from Kerala, India. The species is described based on the worker caste, and it belongs to the Aenictus pachycerus group. This paper provides a detailed discussion of its morphology and the characteristics that distinguish this species from its closely related species within the A. pachycerus group.