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Funnel Ant (Aphaenogaster barbigula)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Ant (Ant: Formicidae Myrmicinae)
Species: Funnel Ant (Aphaenogaster barbigula)
This Photo:     Nest

Thank you Mark Hura for identifying 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 © 2020-2021 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.