Small Arid Honey-carrying Ant
Queen, Pronotum & Hairy Leg
Toothed Spiny Ant
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Modern Ant (Ant: Formicidae Formicinae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Toothed Spiny Ant (Polyrhachis phryne)|
Thank you Nigel Main for identifying and Kate Sandiford for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We thought this species was P. patiens but Nigel the pubescence on the gaster was gold & the surface of the body had a more sculptured texture. It seems the size of the petiolar spines isn't diagnostic. We wonder if it's a sub-species variation.
We found one in Jan.