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Iridomyrmex rufoniger

Tufted Tyrant Ant at Mount Painter

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Iridomyrmex rufoniger at Mount Painter - 30 Mar 2019
Iridomyrmex rufoniger at Mount Painter - 30 Mar 2019
Iridomyrmex rufoniger at Mount Painter - 30 Mar 2019
Iridomyrmex rufoniger at Mount Painter - 30 Mar 2019

Identification history

Iridomyrmex rufoniger 14 Apr 2019 Jon Lewis
Unidentified 14 Apr 2019 CathB

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2 comments

Jon Lewis wrote:
   14 Apr 2019
Hi Cath, even better photos! In the first photo you can see very clearly a male alate (winged ant). You can tell it's a male because it has a very small head. Male alates don't need to eat as they have no use after mating, so they don't have the jaws and muscles that you see on other ants heads. In contrast, the female alates you can see in the other photos have big normal looking heads as they have to eat, as well a dig a new nest after mating. Thanks, Jon
   14 Apr 2019
Wow that's terrible not being able to eat 🤯😲

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Runcinia acuminata (Pointy Crab Spider) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2019 by CathB
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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • Less than 5mm Animal size (mm)
  • 29 Mar 2019 Recorded on
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