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Amblyopone longidens

1 Slow Ant at Downer, ACT

Amblyopone longidens at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021
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Identification history

Amblyopone longidens 20 Sep 2021 JonLewis
Amblyopone sp. (genus) 20 Sep 2021 JonLewis
Ponerinae (subfamily) 20 Sep 2021 Roger

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User's notes

I found these ants under a stone, I don't think I have photographed these before, under the same stone were a colony of seed harvesting ants or are they both the same species?

3 comments

JonLewis wrote:
   20 Sep 2021
Congratulations Roger, a new species for CNM! I haven't seen this species around the region before, but there are a fair number of collections around Canberra, Black Mountain and the region. Thanks! Jon
Roger wrote:
   20 Sep 2021
Thanks Jon, Its always nice to see something different, but as per-usual I got it wrong.
JonLewis wrote:
   20 Sep 2021
Actually Roger, you didn't really get it wrong - the genus Amblyopone was in the subfamily Ponerinae for a very long time and was moved into the subfamily Amblyoponinae only in 2003 - so you would have been completely correct 18 years ago! Also, another reason to thank you for the sighting is that it made me go back and look at all the other Amblyopone sightings and allocate what I could to species level, so I've learned two things today. Cheers, Jon

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Nearby sightings

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Artoria sp. (genus) (Unidentified Artoria wolf spider) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger Pheidole sp. (genus) (Seed-harvesting ant) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger Lychas marmoreus (Marbled Scorpion) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger Rentinus dilatatus (Fulgorid planthopper) at Downer, ACT - 21 May 2021 by Roger Myrmecorhynchus emeryi (Possum Ant) at Downer, ACT - 21 May 2021 by Roger Cyclosa trilobata (Three-lobed spider) at Downer, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by Roger
Artoria sp. (genus) (Unidentified Artoria wolf spider) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger
Pheidole sp. (genus) (Seed-harvesting ant) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger
Lychas marmoreus (Marbled Scorpion) at Downer, ACT - 14 Sep 2021 by Roger
Rentinus dilatatus (Fulgorid planthopper) at Downer, ACT - 21 May 2021 by Roger
Myrmecorhynchus emeryi (Possum Ant) at Downer, ACT - 21 May 2021 by Roger
Cyclosa trilobata (Three-lobed spider) at Downer, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by Roger

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 14 Sep 2021 12:03 PM Recorded on
  • Roger Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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