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Characteristics

The Aneuretinae share the following characters with the Formicinae and Dolichoderinae (Bolton 2003):
  • Dorsal cuticular flap of the metapleural gland anteriorly reduced and posteromedially extended
  • Petiole with complete tergosternal fusion
  • Postpygidial glands absent
Synapomorphies of the Aneuretinae include the following (based primarily on the sole extant genus, Aneuretus; Bolton 2003):
  • Petiole with a long anterior peduncle
  • Helcial attachment high on anterior face of abdominal segment III
  • Larvae with abundant spinules

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