Ants echo across continents

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Cataulacus brevisetosus - armored arboreal ant (Africa)
Cephalotes rohweri - armored arboreal ant (North America)


Tetraponera natalensis - elongate twig ant (Africa)

Pseudomyrmex pallidus - elongate twig ant (North America)

Plectroctena mandibularis - giant hunting ant (Africa)

Dinoponera australis - giant hunting ant (South America)

Dorylus helvolus - subterranean ant predator (Africa)

Neivamyrmex californicus - subterranean ant predator (North America)

10 thoughts on “Ants echo across continents”

  1. Holy ant convergence, batman! I like Cataulacus– she (?) reminds me of a lucanid.
    BTW, the ants in Australia are out. of. control. I encourage you to come back and collect a couple bushels, maybe open up a little niche space for the beetles.

  2. Ainsley- Well, I did marry an Australian with the hopes of getting easier access to the aussie ant fauna…

    Neil- Indeed.

    Sifolinia- When I last talked with Steve Yanoviak (gliding ant guy), we were at ICE in South Africa. He was particularly keen to test out Cataulacus after the meeting. I haven’t heard how he went, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t glide too.

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  4. I’m trying to think of other, perhaps less flashy, examples… Let’s see:

    Plagiolepis and Paratrechina in the temperate forests of Europe and North America, resp.

    Messor in Northern Hemisphere arid regions and polymorphic, seed-harvesting Monomorium in Australia

    – Mound-building grassland Formica in Eurasia and mound-building grassland Camponotus in South America

  5. James C. Trager

    For Formica, I meant Eurasian and North America, of course. I am thinking of the earth mound builders such as montana, glacialis, and some of the exsecta group.

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