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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gnamptogenys

Gnamptogenys is another mostly subterranean ant found in forest and heavily wooded areas. Quite a few species of this genus routinely hunts termites though not on a scale as some Pachycondyla species do. Gnamptogenys are monomorphic and polygynous.


Two workers of a bicolor species of Gnamptogenys carrying the soldier of a small Odontotermes termite.



A 10 millimeter Gnamptogenys species
This first species of Gnamptogenys ant worker is 9  to 10 millimeters long the largest of the the species documented here.
Above image shows this Gnamptogenys species with a millimeter tape for size comparison.


Gyne of Gnamptogenys.
Gyne of Gnamptogenys
Gyne of Gnamptogenys.
Gyne of Gnamptogenys
 Queen of Gnamptogenys.
Queen of Gnamptogenys
Queen of Gnamptogenys.
Queen of Gnamptogenys


Gnamptogenys Sp2.

This species looks quite similar to the one above but at 6  millimeters in total length is only around half the size.
A 6 millimeters Gnamptogenys species
Gnamptogenys sp2 against a millimeter tape.
 Gnamptogensy ant carrying some termites.
Gnamptogenys ant feeding on a morsel of chicken meat.

Gnamptogenys ant feeding on a morsel of chicken meat.

Queen of Gnamptogenys.
A queen of Gnamptogenys

 Queens of Gnamptogenys.
Queens of Gnamptogenys

Nest of Gnamptogenys.
Nest of Gnamptogenys

Nest of Gnamptogenys.

Nest of Gnamptogenys.



Gnamptogenys costata.
Gnamptogenys costata worker
This brown species of Gnamptogenys costata is 7 millimeters.
Gnamptogenys costata worker.

Gnamptogenys costata worker.

Gnamptogenys costata worker
Gnamptogenys costata worker.




Taxonomy
(no rank) Root 1
(Top Node) 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: Ectatomminae 141710
Tribe: Ectatommini 292194
Genus: Gnamptogenys 121879


Last Updated: 2013\ 11 08
First Posted: 2011 07 12
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