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Anonychomyrma sp. (genus)

Black Cocktail Ant at Paddys River, ACT

Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019
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Identification history

Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) 8 Mar 2019 JonLewis
Unidentified 7 Mar 2019 HarveyPerkins

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the ants were probably only about 6 mm in length. They were swarming about a cleft in the trunk of a eucalypt, about 1.8 m up, which I took to be their nest site.

2 comments

JonLewis wrote:
   8 Mar 2019
Hi Harvey, nice photos. The good feature for identifying these ants is in the third photo - a strongly "heart' shaped head. You can clearly see the shape of the head on the ant in the left. Combined with their colour and general shape it gives a good ID. These ants also tend to have a strong, fairly unpleasant odour when crushed. Cheers, Jon
   8 Mar 2019
Thanks, Jon. I'm glad I included that photo then - it was the only one that did have a view that showed the pronounced head shape, and jaws. I had little idea what might be important for ID purposes so tried to include everything I had. I didn't crush any so can't confirm on that aspect!

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Stylidium sp. (Trigger Plant) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by AnneG1
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by AnneG1
Acrothamnus hookeri (Mountain beard heath) at Paddys River, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by RAllen
Xerochrysum sp. at Paddys River, ACT - 8 Mar 2021 by Christine
Chrysolarentia heliacaria (Heliacaria Carpet) at Paddys River, ACT - 8 Mar 2021 by JohnBundock
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 28 Feb 2021 by MatthewFrawley
Heteronympha cordace (Bright-eyed Brown) at Paddys River, ACT - 25 Jan 2021 by MatthewFrawley
Ranunculus sp. (Buttercup) at Paddys River, ACT - 25 Jan 2021 by MatthewFrawley
Pentatomoidea (superfamily) (Unidentified Shield or Stink bug) at Paddys River, ACT - 3 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at Paddys River, ACT - 3 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Dictyotus caenosus (Brown Shield Bug) at Paddys River, ACT - 3 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Dolichoderus scabridus (Dolly ant) at Paddys River, ACT - 3 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Paddys River, ACT - 3 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Tebenna micalis (Small Thistle Moth) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Oreixenica lathoniella (Silver Xenica) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Dispar compacta (Barred Skipper) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Austrolestes analis (Slender Ringtail) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Platybrachys sp. (genus) (A gum hopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Zizina otis (Common Grass-Blue) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Dispar compacta (Barred Skipper) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Leptotarsus (Macromastix) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Unidentified Macromastix crane fly) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Hednota species near grammellus (Pyralid or snout moth) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Austrolestes analis (Slender Ringtail) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Austroargiolestes calcaris (Powdered Flatwing) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Griseargiolestes intermedius (Alpine Flatwing) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Chrysolarentia conifasciata (Broad-banded Carpet) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Eusynthemis guttata (Southern Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Austroargiolestes calcaris (Powdered Flatwing) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Chrysolarentia perornata (Ornate Carpet) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Griseargiolestes intermedius (Alpine Flatwing) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Austroargiolestes calcaris (Powdered Flatwing) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Chrysolarentia correlata (Yellow Carpet) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Heteronympha cordace (Bright-eyed Brown) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Prunella vulgaris (Self-heal, Heal All) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by HarveyPerkins
Thysanotus tuberosus subsp. tuberosus (Common Fringe-lily) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2019 by RFYank
Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail) at Paddys River, ACT - 29 Dec 2018 by HarveyPerkins
Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher) at Paddys River, ACT - 29 Dec 2018 by HarveyPerkins
Chrysolarentia conifasciata (Broad-banded Carpet) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Jan 2017 by HarveyPerkins
Isotoma fluviatilis subsp. australis (Swamp Isotome) at Paddys River, ACT - 7 Nov 2014 by KenT

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 23 Feb 2019 02:52 PM Recorded on
  • HarveyPerkins Recorded by

Additional information

  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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