Black Big-headed Ant
Gaster
Ellura
Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant
S1: Head
 
    
Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant (Podomyrma adelaidae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)
Species: Adelaide's Muscle Man Ant (Podomyrma adelaidae)
This Photo:     S1: Dorsal
Other name: Spotted Muscleman Tree Ant

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~7mm long. Found 1.5m off the ground in the flower of a Melaleuca lanceolata bush.
Kate Sandiford indicated queens also have the gaster spots, so the Podomyrma sp queen shown below is a different species.

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Feb-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.