Baby Bull Ant
Head & Mandibles
Murray Mallee Region
Desert Funnel Ant
Desert Funnel Ant (Aphaenogaster barbigula)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Desert Funnel Ant (Aphaenogaster barbigula)
This Photo:     Nest

Thank you Kate Sandiford & Mark Hura for identifying and Grant Wang for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
Mark said they are nocturnal and rarely seen.
Their nest opening is unusual as it's perfectly round and goes straight down. More like a Wolf Spider burrow than an ants nest.

Copyright © 2020-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.