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AntAphaenogaster longiceps

Funnel ant at Quaama, NSW

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Aphaenogaster longiceps at Quaama, NSW - 3 May 2020
Aphaenogaster longiceps at Quaama, NSW - 3 May 2020
Aphaenogaster longiceps at Quaama, NSW - 3 May 2020
Aphaenogaster longiceps at Quaama, NSW - 3 May 2020
Aphaenogaster longiceps at Quaama, NSW - 3 May 2020

Identification history

Ant Aphaenogaster longiceps 15 May 2020 KimPullen
Ant Aphaenogaster longiceps 3 May 2020 JackieMiles
Unidentified 3 May 2020 FionaG

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Author's notes

Smallish ant, approx. 2 mms in length. Body is the colour of honey with abdomen being gold. They seem to shine gold in the sun. Covered in hairs/prickles with two distinctive black thorns pointing towards the abdomen. They have golden 'pearls' mostly along the spine but I have noticed them on other parts as well, in varying sizes. Many nests scattered at the base of trees and independently on the ground. Seemingly non-aggressive. A very beautiful ant.

2 comments

   3 May 2020
Pretty sure I'm right on this, but I'll let Kim confirm it. They build volcano-like nest entrances in sandy soil, often in large aggregations. We have one area on our place near the creek where they are particularly common.
FionaG wrote:
   3 May 2020
Thanks Jackie

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 3 May 2020 Recorded on
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