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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Pachycondyla sp

Pachycondyla sp14 are large ants that are found only in forest. One of the larger Pachycondyla species in this location, Pachycondyla sp14 workers measuring at over 17 millimeters looks like a slimmer version of Pachycondyla tridentata and a Pachycondyla "version" of Diacamma scalpratum.

Pachycondyla sp14 is mostly a solitary hunter hunting for prey mostly underground and in the trunk of dead trees or the dead part of living trees during the day. This large ant seldom show itself above ground during the day.

I have not come across any documentation of this species and provisionally tag is unclassified.

A Pachycondyla worker hunting for prey under a fallen tree.

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a 17 millimeter Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a 17 mm long Pachycondyla ant

Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant.
Worker of a large Pachycondyla ant

Workers of Pachycondyla tending to a larva.
Workers of Pachycondyla tending to a larva








Taxonomy
(no rank)              Root 1
(no rank)              Cellular organism 131567
Superkingdom:     Eukaryota 2759 [Domain]
(no rank)              Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom:             Metazoa 33208
(no rank)              Eumetazoa 6072
(no rank)              Bilateria 33213
(no rank)              Coelomata 33316
(no rank)              Protosomia 33317
(no rank)              Panarthropoda 88770
Phylum:                Arthropoda 6656
(no rank)              Mandibulata 197563
(no rank)              Pancrustacea 197562
Superclass:          Hexapoda 6960
Class:                   Insecta 50557
(no rank)              Dicondylia 85512
(no rank)              Pterygota 7496
Subclass:             Neoptera 33340
Infraclass:            Endopterygota 33392
Order:                  Hymenoptera 7399
(no rank)              Apocrita 7400
Suborder:             Aculeata 7434
Superfamily:        Vespoidea 34725
Family:                Formicidae 36668
Subfamily:           Ponerinae 43085
Tribe:                   Ponerini 141711
Genus:                  Pachycondyla 118887
Species:               


Last Updated: 2018 10 03
First Published: 2018 10 03
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