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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Philidris sp

Philidris sp2. This species is monomorphic and makes its nests in the hollow core of the branches of plants and shrubs.



















See also:
Philidris sp




Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Infraorder: Aculeata
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Infrafamily: Dolichoderus
Genus: Philidris



Last Updated: 2015 12 01
First Posted: 2015 12 01
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Proceratium

Proceratium deelemani are small non agressive ants. The workers freeze and play dead when challenge by other ants. Their small size and slow moving nature make them into one of the less commonly (being less fit from the perspective of Darwinian Evolution) found. Found mostly in heavily forested areas, this genus survival is very dependent on the forest ecosystem that support a diverse spectrum of animal and plant life. Preying mostly on slow moving invertebrates, Proceratium use their sting as a primary weapon to secure food. They are mostly defenseless against aggressive ants and ant predators and their first under threat response is to play dead. They also use their sting as a secondary defense. 


A worker of Proceratium deelemani ant
Proceratium deelemani worker.

A worker of Proceratium deelemani ant
Proceratium deelemani worker.

 Proceratium deelemani worker.

 Proceratium deelemani worker.

 Proceratium deelemani worker with brood.

 Proceratium deelemani worker with brood.

Proceratium deelemani male (drone), alate (gyne) and worker with brood.







Taxonomy:
Top Node: cellular organisms 131567
SuperKingdom: Eukaryota 2759
No Rank: Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208
No Rank: Eumetazoa 6072
No Rank: Bilateria 33213
No Rank: Coelomata 33316
No Rank: Protostomia 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: Proceratiinae 292193
Tribe:  Proceratiini 237678
Genus:- Proceratium 237686
Species: deelemani


Last Updated: 2016 01 06
First Posted: 2015 11 11
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Polyrhachis abdominalis

Polyrhachis abdominalis is a common species of Polyrhachis found throughout this location in the wild, the rural and semi urban areas and also in wooded public parks. The reddish to brown gaster is not distinctive to this species.




 Nest of Polyrhachis abdominalis under the bark of a dead tree.
Nest shown here half in the bar (top), other half on the tree trunk (bottom).























See also:
Polyrhachis armata
Polyrhachis australis 252372
Polyrhachis dives 84555
Polyrhachis furcata 111117
Polyrhachis ypsilon 
Polyrhachis bihamata




Taxonomy:
Top Node: cellular organisms 131567
SuperKingdom: Eukaryota 2759
No Rank: Opisthokonta 33154
Kingdom: Metazoa 33208
No Rank: Eumetazoa 6072
No Rank: Bilateria 33213
No Rank: Coelomata 33316
No Rank: Protostomia 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: Formicinae 7479
Tribe: Camponotini 72773
Genus:- Polyrhachis 84544
Species: abdominalis


Last Updated: 2016 05 18
First Posted: 2015 10 08
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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Cardiocondyla

Cardiocondyla are mostly small ground dwelling Myrmicinae ants. Workers are monomorphic.




Workers of Cardiocondyla sp.
Workers of Cardiocondyla sp.

A Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker
A Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker.

A Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker
A Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker.

A Cardiocondyla sp. ant workers
Cardiocondyla sp. ant workers.

Cardiocondyla sp. queen, workers and brood
A Cardiocondyla sp. queen, workers and brood.

Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker, larvae and pupae
Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker, larvae and pupae.

Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker, larvae and pupae
Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker, larvae and pupae.

Cardiocondyla sp. ant worker, larvae and pupae.

A gyne of Cardiocondyla sp. ants
A gyne of Cardiocondyla sp. ants.

A Cardiocondyla sp. queen, workers and brood
A Cardiocondyla sp. queen, workers and brood.

A Cardiocondyla sp. gyne, workers and brood
A Cardiocondyla sp. gyne, workers and brood.


Cardiocondyla sp2

 This species is larger, the workers are around the size of Monomorium pharaonis.






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: Myrmicinae 34695
Tribe: Formicoxenini 144006
Genus: Cardiocondyla 235541



Last Updated: 2017 02 28
First Posted: 2015 09 09
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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Subulitermes sp

The Subulitermes genus is quite close to the Nasutitermes genus of the Nasutitermitinae sub family of termites. The main difference is Subulitermes are humus eating termites while Nasutitermes are wood eating termites.


Workers and soldiers of Subulitermes sp(1).

 Workers and soldiers of Subulitermes sp(1).

 Workers and soldiers of Subulitermes sp(1).

 Workers, soldiers and pseudergate of Subulitermes sp(2).

Workers and soldiers of Subulitermes sp(2).


 Workers, soldiers and pseudergate of Subulitermes sp(2).

 Worker and soldier of Subulitermes.
 Worker, soldier and pseudergate of Subulitermes sp(2).

Soldiers and pseudergate of Subulitermes sp(2).



Also see:
Nasutitermes genus



Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera 7499
Suborder: Fontanella
Subdivision: Longiprocta
Superfamily: Termitiodae
Family - Termitidae 46569
Subfamily: Nasutitermitinae

Genera:
Aciculioiditermes - Aciculitermes - Afrosubulitermes - Agnathotermes - Ahmaditermes - Ampoulitermes - Angularitermes - Anhangatermes - Antillitermes - Araujotermes - Arcotermes - Armitermes - Atlantitermes - Australitermes - Baucaliotermes - Bulbitermes - Caetetermes - Cahuallitermes - Caribitermes - Ceylonitermellus - Ceylonitermes - Coarctotermes - Coatitermes - Coendutermes - Constrictotermes - Convexitermes - Cornitermes - Cortaritermes - Cucurbitermes - Curvitermes - Cyranotermes - Cyrilliotermes - Diversitermes - Diwaitermes - Eleanoritermes - Embiratermes - Emersonitermes - Ereymatermes - Eutermellus - Fulleritermes - Grallatotermes - Havilanditermes - Hirtitermes - Hospitalitermes - Ibitermes - Kaudernitermes - Labiotermes - Lacessititermes - Leptomyxotermes - Leucopsitermes - Longipeditermes - Macrosubulitermes - Macuxitermes - Malagasitermes - Malaysiotermes - Mimeutermes - Mironasutitermes - Mycterotermes - Nasopilotermes - Nasutitermes - Nuiginitermes - Obtusitermes - Occasitermes - Occultitermes - Oriensubulitermes - Paracornitermes - Parvitermes - Periaciculitermes - Peribulbitermes - Postsubulitermes - Proaciculitermes - Procornitermes - Rhadinotermes - Rhynchotermes - Roonwalitermes - Rotunditermes - Sinonasutitermes - Spatulitermes - Subulitermes - Syntermes - Tarditermes - Tenuirostritermes - Thailanditermes - Triangularitermes - Trinervitermes - Tumulitermes - Velocitermes - Verrucositermes - Xiaitermes


Last Updated : 2015 08 04
First Posted: 20015 08 04
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