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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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