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What ant is this? 1-5-23

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#1 Offline CAantz - Posted January 5 2023 - 2:50 PM

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It is around 3-4 mm and it is a darkish orange with a single small black stripe on its abdomen. I found it in my backyard today under a rock. I am near Santa Monica, CA

#2 Offline CAantz - Posted January 5 2023 - 3:01 PM

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https://share.icloud...onN3kk1EWTXjTOA

Wasn’t to sure how to add the photo but I hope this works

#3 Offline madbiologist - Posted January 5 2023 - 3:37 PM

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Looks like a Ponerinae sp, I'd need microscope images to get any further as I'm not very familiar with Californian Ponerinae.


Edited by madbiologist, January 5 2023 - 3:37 PM.


#4 Offline bmb1bee - Posted January 5 2023 - 6:09 PM

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Genus Hypoponera. Likely punctatissima, but could be a different species.


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#5 Offline CAantz - Posted January 5 2023 - 7:53 PM

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Genus Hypoponera. Likely punctatissima, but could be a different species.

I think you’re right. Is this species worth keeping?

#6 Offline bmb1bee - Posted January 5 2023 - 9:18 PM

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Genus Hypoponera. Likely punctatissima, but could be a different species.

I think you’re right. Is this species worth keeping?

 

In my opinion, they're pretty interesting to keep. Hypoponera are cryptic and are underground most of the time, hunting springtails. They're rather common in areas with damp leaf litter and stones.

 

Edit: I might be biased though, since I've kept them before and liked them purely because they're cute l'il cryptic ponerines.


Edited by bmb1bee, January 5 2023 - 9:19 PM.

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