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A Word of Advice About Rhytidoponera

rhytidoponera australia queen gamergate

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#1 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted November 14 2019 - 1:06 PM

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While I unfortunately do not have access to Rhytidoponera, those who do should consider this study: https://www.antwiki....4/Ward_1986.pdf. Apparently, R. metallica reproduces mostly by gamergates, with queens being an afterthought. At the end of their study, the R. metallica colonies, raised from single queens, had either died or done poorly, while their colony of the more queen-centric R. chalybaea had over 200 workers. 


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Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#2 Offline Formicoidea - Posted November 19 2019 - 8:10 PM

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While I unfortunately do not have access to Rhytidoponera, those who do should consider this study: https://www.antwiki....4/Ward_1986.pdf. Apparently, R. metallica reproduces mostly by gamergates, with queens being an afterthought. At the end of their study, the R. metallica colonies, raised from single queens, had either died or done poorly, while their colony of the more queen-centric R. chalybaea had over 200 workers. 

 

I doubt you could find and catch a gamergate, at least not as easily as you can find queens.

It does however provide some interesting ideas on how to revive a colony whose queen has died. Or possibly how to split up a colony into multiple fertile ones.


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Current Queens/Colonies:

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli                          - Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)

- Camponotus Consobrinus                - Camponotus Sp.

- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)






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