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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Papyrius nitidus  

Coconut Ant

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Papyrius nitidus at Suppressed - 25 Mar 2018
Papyrius nitidus at Suppressed - 25 Mar 2018
Papyrius nitidus at Suppressed - 25 Mar 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Papyrius nitidus 9 Apr 2018 MichaelMulvaney
Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Papyrius nitidus 8 Apr 2018 michaelb

Significant sighting

9 Apr 2018

This is a new location a long way from any other for what appears to be a widespread local ant species

Author's notes

I did the crush test and the ant smelt of coconut.......... on the western side of the Murrumbidgee River, north of Tharwa. There are two gum tree stumps, 10-15m apart, both with ants nests in them.

2 comments

MattM wrote:
   9 Apr 2018
I'm curious. You state you did the crush test and the ant smelled of coconut, but did you do the taste test? Do they taste like coconut too?
michaelb wrote:
   10 Apr 2018
Sorry Matt, I didn't taste them.
Thanks for the confirmation Michael M. I was down at Tharwa again on Sunday. They have started working on the log-jam constructions for the native fish.

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Species information

  • Highly Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 25 Mar 2018 7:02 PM Recorded on
  • michaelb Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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