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Pheidole antipodum


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#21 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 25 2018 - 2:09 PM

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Will be getting my Pheidole cf antipodum queens, Northern Territory version, this week
The majors look different from the species in Antwiki, from Western Australia, queens are also larger 15+mm vs 12-13mm
Makes me wonder if they are all different species and possibly an off shoot apart from regular Pheidole, and should be changed back to the separate genus of Anisiopheidole they once had...
The species definitely needs a review IMO

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vs the Western Australia version with the elongated heads on the majors
The queen on the left pic is an all black variant.
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Edited by CoolColJ, November 25 2018 - 2:15 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#22 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 28 2018 - 6:41 PM

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What bountiful riches!

 

My twelve 14-15mm Pheidole cf antipodum queens from Alice Springs appear to like each others company, snuggling up to each other, and may well be polygynous like a lot of Pheidole species and Carebara affinis [ :yes:]

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Edited by CoolColJ, November 28 2018 - 6:43 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#23 Offline LC3 - Posted November 28 2018 - 10:44 PM

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Are they polygynous though? Has anyone found out yet?

 

Also considering how wide the distribution is population variation doesn't seem all that surprising although I don't doubt your skepticism. 


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#24 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 29 2018 - 12:19 AM

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Are they polygynous though? Has anyone found out yet?
 
Also considering how wide the distribution is population variation doesn't seem all that surprising although I don't doubt your skepticism.


Not much is known about them, so little people keep them, since not many people live in arid regions :)
Luckily Alice Springs is a tourist destination so a town sprung up there :D
Talk about lucky, that the only known population of P.Antipodum in the Northern Territory are found Alice Springs!

This about where they were found, hovering above the ground in a swarm.
Arid but not quite dry desert

https://www.google.c...N242kdpzCHqKmhY

Edited by CoolColJ, November 29 2018 - 12:26 AM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#25 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 30 2018 - 9:33 PM

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I noticed one queen has a much darker gaster than the rest, and this one also has a big dent int it...

 

And comparing the Northern territory queens to my now dead South and Western Australia ones, the gaster and bands are much darker

 

 

click to enlarge - the dented gaster one is much darker to the naked eye, but the flash makes it bright


Edited by CoolColJ, November 30 2018 - 9:34 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#26 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 7 2018 - 8:14 PM

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Some Pheidole species ant, minor workers and majors, found in Alice Springs.
Possibly Pheidole antipodum, the colours match, but the majors look a little different

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Edited by CoolColJ, December 7 2018 - 8:15 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#27 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Yesterday, 2:33 AM

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First nanitic

 

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First batch of 100 brood, contains a few nanitic majors!

The 3 nanitic major pupa I can see, are of different sizes

 


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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/





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