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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Calyptomyrmex

Calyptomyrmex is a genus of slow moving armored ant. Calyptomyrmex is monomorphic and monogynous. This mid size ant measure at slightly over 4 millimeters.There is a recess on both sides of the head behind the antennae that allow this armoured ant to withdraw their antennae similar to Cephalotes turtle ants but Calyptomyrmex lack spines (thorns). Calyptomyrmex are subterranean ants whereas Cephalotes and Cataulacus are arboreal ants.


Worker of Calyptomyrmex ant.
A worker of Calyptomyrmex ant

Workers of Calyptomyrmex ant.
Workers of Calyptomyrmex ant

Workers of Calyptomyrmex ant.
Workers of Calyptomyrmex ant













Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Order: Hymenoptera 7399
Suborder: Apocrita 7400
Infraorder: Aculeata 7434
Superfamily: Vespoidea 34725
Family: Formicidae 36668
Subfamily: Myrmicinae 34695
Tribe: Meranoplini 144008
Genus: Calyptomyrmex 369104


Last Updated: 2011 10 31
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mystrium camillae.

Mystrium camillae belongs to the sub family of vampire ants Amblyoponinae. Many speices of this sub family are specialist hunter of the geophilomorph and other small centipedes. Mystrium camillae are slow moving ants.

Mystrium camillae is polygynous and polymorphic. There are three morphological expression in the workers caste.

Mystrium camillae ants with brood of larvae and pupae. The queen is far left.



The queen or gyne of Mystrium camillae.


The minor, median and major worker of Mystrium camillae.

Mystrium camillae queen.

A Mystrium camillae worker carrying a larva.

A Mystrium camillae major worker.


Mystrium camillae queen, workers, larvae and pupae.

All the three workers caste of Mystrium camillae with the brood.

Mystrium camillae workers and brood.

A geophilomorph centipede, the prey of choice of Amblyopone ants.



See also:


Amblyopone



Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Infraorder: Aculeata
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini 219763
Genus: Mystrium 237674
Species: camillae


Last Updated: 2012 07 29
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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Odontotermes Sp3.

Another Odontotermes termite species. The soldiers are monomorphic and are 8 millimeters long. This species resembles Odontermes longignathus but is smaller and shorter. Odontotermes longignathus measured at 10 millimeters (12 millimeters according to recorded documentations).

Soldiers and workers of Odontotermes.

A soldier and worker of Odontotermes termties.

Odontotermes termites soldier (top view).

Odontotermes soldiers.

Close up view of Odontotermes soldiers.

Odontotermes soldier.

Odontotermes soldier.

Lateral view of Odontotermes soldier.

Odontotermes soldier turned turtle.

Close up of a Odontotermes worker.

Close up of Odontotermes worker.

Close up of a Odontotermes worker.





See also other species of this genus:


Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Fungi/Metazoa
Metazoa
Eumetazoa
Subkingdom: Bilateria
Coelomata
Branch: Protostomia
Superphylum: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Mandibulata
Pancrustacea
Epiclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Dicondylia
Infraclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Orthopteroidea
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera
Family: Termitidae
SubFamily: Macrotermitinae
Genus: Odontotermes

Last updated: 2012 05 18
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