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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Podomyrma gratiosa

1 Muscleman tree ant at Black Mountain

Podomyrma gratiosa at Black Mountain - 9 Apr 2017

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Podomyrma gratiosa 10 Apr 2017 samreid007
Podomyrma gratiosa 9 Apr 2017 David
Unidentified 9 Apr 2017 David

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Significant sighting

10 Apr 2017

First record of the species in our Region. It has been recorded around Sydney and Melbourne. It is a distinctive species and it would be good to know whether it's apparent rarity is environment related - It could be like several orchids whose only local known occurrences are on Black Mountain, or its rarity may be because of under reporting.

5 comments

wrote:
   10 Apr 2017
Great ant! This will be the first entry of this ant species in our region in the Atlas of Living Australia. It would be great if you could keep an eye out and see if you can get any more records, on Black Mountain or elsewhere. Thanks David.
wrote:
   10 Apr 2017
Thanks Sam. I photographed more of them on another tree nearby, but those photos didn't contain as clear an image of a single specimen as this one. I'll post that record tonight.
wrote:
   10 Apr 2017
I have been checking ants on tree trunks for several years locally when compiling pictures for my book and have never seen it. Ants are notorious tramp species so could have been accidentally introduced locally like the bladder cicada.
wrote:
   10 Apr 2017
I didn't think they were that uncommon on Black Mountain, Roger. I should've logged them sooner. I found a nest under construction on O'Connor Ridge last year.
wrote:
   17 Apr 2017
It is not uncommon but not it's not very obvious either. It's a slow mover and seems to creep around in crevices mostly.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • Eucalypt trunk Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size
  • 8 Apr 2017 Recorded on
  • David Recorded by

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