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#1 Offline luccat82 - Posted March 30 2024 - 1:47 AM

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Hi,

I'm located in Brisbane, Australia (South East Queensland). I just caught these tonight in my backyard roaming around one of the lights.

I keep Myrmecia so I know they're definitely not bullants. 

I was wondering if they're just male alates or maybe virgin queens or potentially queens?

The last picture shows this odd pose some of them were adopting. Not injured or anything as I just freshly caught them and they had also been walking around absolutely fine without any issues.

They measure approx 9 - 10mm long

My stab in the dark guess is Iridomyrmex purpureus as we have a bit of a population in the area but I've seen their queens and they tend to be chunky.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted March 30 2024 - 7:58 AM

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They seem to look like Calomyrmex of some sort. There is a larger on and smaller one, but that could just be genetics due to the fact that all queens look the same. Perhaps Calomyrmex albertisi or C. albertisi. Or it could be C. laevissimus but you their queens seem pretty bulky or bigger than the queens pictured here. I’m going with C. albertisi though.
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#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted March 31 2024 - 3:54 PM

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Looks more like polyrhachis to me
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#4 Offline ArmansAnts - Posted March 31 2024 - 4:02 PM

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Polyrhachis (Campomyrma)


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#5 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted March 31 2024 - 5:00 PM

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Looks more like polyrhachis to me

Yeah, I’m no ID expert here (I’m bad at Identifying tropical ants that are not is the US). I was just throwing out a guess.
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Keeping:

3x - S. molesta 

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2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

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Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#6 Offline luccat82 - Posted March 31 2024 - 6:03 PM

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Thank you!

I think it likely is. Someone mention to me maybe P. femorata even


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