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Genus Ochetellus
(Subfamily Dolichoderinae)

Ochetellus head

Taxonomic Catalogue and Species Notes

Ochetellus Shattuck
Ochetellus Shattuck 1992:16. Type species: Hypoclinea glabra Mayr, by original designation.

World distribution: Japan south through Burma and the Philippines to Australia and Fiji (Shattuck 1992b). Also known from the United States (Smith 1979) and New Zealand (Brown 1958), but there seems little doubt that these are human introductions, as both of the populations are limited to urban areas and are not known to occur in natural, undisturbed habitats.

General literature: Andersen 1988 (relation to fire); Fiedler 2001 (association with Lepidoptera); Ohnishi et al. 2003 (phylogenetic relationships); Eastwood 2004 (association with Hemiptera).

flavipes (Kirby)
Hypoclinea flavipes Kirby 1896:206 (combination as Iridomyrmex flavipes by Clark 1930:268; combination as Ochetellus flavipes by Shattuck 1992a:17). Type data: 7 syntype workers [3 in ANIC; 1 in MVMA, 3 in WAMP] from Temple Downs, Northern Territory.

Iridomyrmex rostrinotus Forel 1910:53 (synonym of Iridomyrmex flavipes by Clark 1930:268). Type data: 9 worker, 5 queen and 5 male syntypes [4 workers and 1 male (missing petiole and gaster) in ANIC, 2 workers, 3 queens and 4 males in MHNG, 2 queens in MVMA, 3 workers in SAMA] from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.

Distribution: Northern Territory (Lake Eyre Basin, N coastal, N Gulf, W Plateau), Queensland (Lake Eyre Basin, N Gulf), South Australia (Lake Eyre Basin, W Plateau), Western Australia (N coastal, NW coastal, W Plateau).

Ecology: noctidiurnal, omnivore, terrestrial, woodland; nest in ground layer.

Literature: Spencer 1896:69 (biology); Crawley 1925:595 (worker morphology); Mathews 1964 (use of spinifex gum by aborigines); Butler 1964 (distribution, spinifex gum); Pianka and Pianka 1970 (predation by lizards); Morton and Christian 1994 (biology).

glaber (Mayr)
Hypoclinea glabra Mayr 1862:705 (combination as Iridomyrmex glaber by Mayr 1865:61; combination as Ochetellus glaber by Shattuck 1992a:17). Type data: Worker [BMNH] and male syntypes from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Distribution: New South Wales (SE coastal).

Ecology: noctidiurnal, omnivore, woodland, open forest, terrestrial; nest in ground layer.

Literature: Mayr 1865:61 (worker and male redescribed); Mayr 1870:958; Mayr 1876:81 (queen described); Forel 1895:467; Bingham 1903:299; Cumber 1959 (distribution in New Zealand); Crozier 1969 (karyotype); Faulds 1970 (occurrence in New Zealand); Wheeler and Wheeler 1974 (larva); Don 1974 (biology); Holt and Greenslade 1979 (nest sites); Atkins 1992 (association with Lepidoptera).

glaber clarithorax (Forel)
Iridomyrmex glaber clarithorax Forel 1902:473 (combination as Ochetellus glaber clarithorax by Shattuck 1992a:17). Type data: 42 worker syntypes [2 in NHMB, Baroni Urbani 1977:77; 5 in MCZC; 2 (1 missing head) in OXUM; 3 in ANIC; 30 in MHNG] from Brisbane, Queensland; 6 worker syntypes [3 in MCZC; 3 in MHNG] from Australia (specific locality not given); 1 worker syntype [MCZC] from Forest Reefs, New South Wales.

Distribution: New South Wales (SE coastal), Queensland (NE coastal).

Ecology: noctidiurnal, omnivore, woodland, open forest, terrestrial; nest in ground layer.

punctatissimus (Emery)
Iridomyrmex punctatissimus Emery 1887:251 (combination as Ochetellus punctatissimus by Shattuck 1992a:17). Type data: Unspecified workers from Mt. Victoria, New South Wales.

Distribution: New South Wales (SE coastal).

Ecology: noctidiurnal, omnivore, terrestrial, woodland; nest in ground layer.

Literature: Forel 1915:79 (ecology); Clark 1938:373 (distribution); Wheeler and Wheeler 1951 (larva); Wheeler and Wheeler 1966 (larva).



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