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Pheidole sp. (genus)

Seed-harvesting ant at Black Mountain

Pheidole sp. (genus) at Black Mountain - 4 Feb 2021
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Pheidole sp. (genus) 6 Feb 2021 JonLewis
Unidentified 6 Feb 2021 Roger

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I have no idea what this ant is after looking at ALA and Mr Google, an ID would be really appreciated.

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JonLewis wrote:
   6 Feb 2021
Hi Roger, these small ants are hard to photograph do you’ve done well. They often recruit lots of their nest mates when they find food and have small versions (minors) and much larger versions (majors or soldiers). Cheers, Jon
Roger wrote:
   6 Feb 2021
Thanks Jon, we spent a lot of time trying to ID this guy nothing seemed to match, many thanks.
JonLewis wrote:
   7 Feb 2021
Hi Roger, there are quite a few species in the region, varying a lot in colour, size and shininess. Cheers, Jon
WHall wrote:
   7 Feb 2021
This comment from my ant entomologist friend in the US re the ID of this ant.

Genus Monomorium, perhaps M. eremophilum or M. disetigerum or a relative
Roger wrote:
   7 Feb 2021
Thanks Bill, all I could come up with was a LBJ. Little Brown Joby!!
JonLewis wrote:
   8 Feb 2021
hi bill, thanks to your friend for the suggestions. these small ants are hard to be sure about from a photo (though i should note that this is the best photo of an individual of this genus on cnm!). monomorium often have smooth shiny heads and pheidole often have dull, rough heads, but not always. there is a record of pheidole on cnm of a very smooth and shiny example (Pheidole sp. (genus) (Seed-harvesting ant)) and we can be sure it is pheidole by the presence of the small workers and large majors. in addition, pheidole often have very prominent eyes, quite small in area but strongly raised from the surface of the head, as you can see in the photo, while monomorium very rarely have eyes like this. cheers, jon

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 4 Feb 2021 09:53 AM Recorded on
  • Roger Recorded by

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  • Less than 5mm Animal size

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