Belongs within: Euaculeata.Contains: Amblyoponinae, Proceratiinae, Ponerinae, Dorylinae, Cerapachys, Ectatommini, Myrmicinae, Formicinae, Myrmeciinae, Pseudomyrmecinae, Dolichoderinae. The Formicidae are the ants, a diverse and familiar clade of social wasps with a caste division between wingless workers and winged reproductives, with the female reproductives (the ‘queens’) shedding their wings after mating. An elongate scape (first antennal segment) is… Continue reading Formicidae


Belongs within: Ectatommini. Rhytidoponera is an Australasian genus of relatively large, dark-coloured, often heavily sculpted ants whose reproductive females usually lack wings and are not outwardly distinguishable from other workers. The green-headed ant R. metallica is a particularly widespread species in Australia that is regarded as a stinging hazard in urban areas. <==Rhytidoponera Mayr 1862… Continue reading Rhytidoponera

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Belongs within: Myrmicinae. Aphaenogaster, the funnel ants, is a genus of medium-sized, gracile ants whose members build distinctive nests, comprising a deep wide entrance tunnel surrounded by a pile of loose dirt. They are distinguished by a twelve-segmented antenna with a loose four-segmented club (Heterick 2009). Species of this genus often walk with the gaster… Continue reading Aphaenogaster

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Belongs within: Lasiini. Challenging tramps Published 1 November 2023 As our world became increasingly interconnected over the past several decades, biosecurity became an increasingly significant concern. The identification of newly arrived exotic pests and the potential mitigation of their impact has become a global hot topic. Ants have been a particular focus in this regard,… Continue reading Nylanderia


Belongs within: Formicini. Formica, wood ants, is a genus of relatively large ants found primarily in northern temperate regions. They are primarily inhabitants of open woodlands where they have ready access to wood for the construction of mounds but are still exposed to light. Several species are social parasites with young queens invading the nests… Continue reading Formica

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Belongs within: Formicidae.Contains: Oligomyrmex, Podomyrma, Aphaenogaster, Myrmica, Epopostrumiti, Solenopsidini, Monomorium, Meranoplini, Cardiocondyla, Leptothorax, Temnothorax, Vollenhovia, Tetramorium, Strumigeniti, Pheidole, Attini, Orectognathus. The Myrmicinae is a large clade of often smaller ants including nearly half of the world’s ant genera. They are distinguished by the possession of a two-segmented waist of petiole and postpetiole, and fusion of… Continue reading Myrmicinae

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Belongs within: Formicidae. The Proceratiinae are a group of small ants characterised by fully or nearly fully exposed antennal sockets close to the anterior margin of the head, together with a single petiolar segment and a fused promesonotal suture (Heterick 2009). <==ProceratiinaeRBV08 |–Probolomyrmex Mayr 1901TB85 [ProbolomyrmeciniH09] | | i. s.: *P. filiformis Mayr 1901TB85 |… Continue reading Proceratiinae


Belongs within: Ponerinae. Ponera is a genus of generalised ponerine ants characterised by triangular mandibles, a single large pectinate spur on the hind tarsus, and a subpetiolar process bearing a distinct fenestra anteriorly. <==Ponera Latreille 1804 [incl. Pseudocryptopone Emery 1900, Pteroponera Bernard 1950, Selenopone Wheeler 1933]Z01 |–P. coarctata (Latreille 1802) [=Formica coarctata; incl. F. contracta… Continue reading Ponera


Belongs within: Ponerinae. Odontomachus is a pantropical genus of ants characterised by long and straight mandibles inserted just on either side of the cephalic midline with three large teeth near the tip arranged in a vertical series, together with a single tooth or spine at the apex of the petiole, and dark, inverted V-shaped apophyseal… Continue reading Odontomachus


Belongs within: Ponerinae. Anochetus is a pantropical genus of ponerine ants characterised by long, straight mandibles inserted near the cephalic midline with two or three large teeth near the tip arranged in a vertical series, together with two teeth or a rounded margin at the apex of the petiole, and an uninterrupted, inverted U-shaped ridge… Continue reading Anochetus