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Monday, January 16, 2012

Centromyrmex feae

Centromyrmex feae is a blind subterranean ant that are rarely seen as they spent most of their life underground tunnelling in the loose forest soil searching for prey. Though they frequently target termites they also takes in other prey including brood of other subterranean arthropods and ants.

Strong forelimbs of this ants serves as an effective to tool to aid underground movement of this ant as it tunnels its way in the loose top soil of the forest searching for prey.

Bristle like hair on the lower limbs are used to brush of dirt and soil from its body.



Male alates of Centromymex feae

Workers and male alate.

Male alate.

Female alates and workers of Centromyrmex feae.
Female alates and workers of Centromyrmex feae

Larvae and worker of Centromyrmex feae.

Female alate and worker of Centromyrmex feae.
Female alate and worker of Centromyrmex feae

Workers and female reproductive of Centromyrmex feae.
Workers and female reproductive of Centromyrmex feae



Taxonomy:
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Subphylum - Hexapoda
Class - Insecta
Subclass - Pterygota
Infraclass - Neoptera
Order - Hymenoptera
Suborder - Apocrita
Infraorder - Aculeata
Superfamily - Vespoide
Family - Formicidae -- ants, fourmis
Subfamily - Ponerinae
Genus: Centromyrmex
Species: feae



Centromyrmex hamulatus at (nearly twice the size of nine millimeters) is the larger cousin of Centromyrmex feae (slightly over five millimeters).
Centromyrmex hamulatus

Workers of Centromyrmex hamulatus.
Centromyrmex hamulatus



See also:
Centromyrmex hamulatus


Taxonomy:
Top Node: cellular organisms
Superkingdom: Eukayota 2759
(No Rank): Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208 (aka Animalia)
(No Rank): Eumetazoa 6072
(No Rank): Bilateria 33213
(No Rank): Protostomia 33317
(No Rank): Ecdysozoa 1206784
(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): Petrygota 7496
Subclass: Neoptera33340
Infraclass: Endopterygota 33392
Order: Hymenoptera 7399
(No Rank): Apocrita 7400
Suborder: Aculeata 7434
Superfamily: Vespoidea 34725
Family: Formicidae 36668
Subfamily - Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini 141711
Genus: Centromyrmex 369110
Species: feae 369111


Last Updated: 2014 12 14
First Posted: 2012 01 16
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1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! We have a few species in South America too. These are amazing ants!

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