Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia
Costa Rica to hylean South America. Costa Rica: southwestern lowlands.
Combined length of head and closed mandibles 1.75-2.2mm; petiolar node as seen from the front or rear with apical margin distinctly concave, the 2 free corners forming angles or produced as teeth; second segment of antennal funiculus more than twice as long as broad; compound eyes greater than 0.08mm greatest diameter.
Anochetus are presumably predators, using their snapping mandibles much like their larger relatives, Odontomachus. However, there are few direct observations.
A. diegensis is known from one collection in Costa Rica: Puntarenas: 19km S Ciudad Neily, 8¡29'N, 82¡58'W, 20m (J. Longino). Patch of lowland primary rain forest with trees being felled. Ex sifted leaf litter from forest floor.
Anochetus diegensis Forel 1912. Syntype worker: Colombia, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Don Diego.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1978. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section B. Genus Anochetus and bibliography. Studia Entomol. 20:549-652.
Forel, A. 1912. Formicides neotropiques. Part I. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 56:28-49.
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