Two new species of army ants of the Aenictus ceylonicus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Kerala, India

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Anupa K. Antony
G. Prasad


The genus Aenictus Shuckard is a diverse group of army ants in the Old World tropics and subtropics. Herein, two new species from India (Aenictus kodungallurensis and Aenictus malakkaparensis) belonging to Aenictus ceylonicus group were discovered from Kerala, India.  An updated key to the Aenictus ceylonicus species group from southern Asia is presented.

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