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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Meranoplus sp. (genus)

Shield Ant at Mount Painter

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Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Meranoplus sp. (genus) 29 May 2019 Jon Lewis
Meranoplus sp. (Genus) 29 May 2019 Jon Lewis
Unidentified 28 May 2019 CathB

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Author's notes

Sorry for the picture quality, but very small and very busy. Possibly the same as sighting 4223746, which is clearer.

2 comments

Jon Lewis wrote:
   29 May 2019
Hi Cath, thanks for this sighting. This is the first record of this genus for CNM - nice work! Even though the photos are not perfect, you can see the diagnostic features pretty well - a small, chunky ant with broad head and, most importantly, the back of the body is broadened along the top surface to form a sort of shield over it. The other sighting (4223746) is the same genus, but is a queen, which doesn't have the same shield on the back as it would get in the way of the wings. This ant is noted for often playing dead (known scientifically as thanatosis) when disturbed, but apparently not when you were trying to take the photos! Cheers, Jon
CathB wrote:
   29 May 2019
Thanks Jon. I have just been looking at some pictures of these online, and they are quite beautiful. I will keep an eye out for more and hope they play dead so I can get some better pictures!

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • Less than 5mm Animal size
  • 28 Dec 2018 Recorded on
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