Meranoplus sp. (genus)

Shield Ant at Cook, ACT

Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2020
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2020
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2020
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2020
Meranoplus sp. (genus) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jan 2020
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Identification history

Meranoplus sp. (genus) 19 Jan 2020 JonLewis
Meranoplus sp. (genus) 19 Jan 2020 CathB

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A different Meranoplus, larger and hairier than the all-red ones usually seen. They appeared to be excavating a nest and were very well camouflaged by the dirt sticking to them. The abundance is only a guess - there was much movement in and out of the hole as they deposited their loads. (I have only ever seen the red ones singly, and never at a hole.)

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JonLewis wrote:
   20 Jan 2020
Great photos Cath, and great to see the nest entrance. There is at least two species at Mulligans Flat / Goorooyaroo, but there may be more. Cheers, Jon

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  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 18 Jan 2020 06:02 PM Recorded on
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  • Less than 5mm Animal size

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