Monday Night Mystery

Myrmecos is an ant blog. This evening’s challenge returns to our roots with a straight-up ant identification.

What is it?

The first commentator to guess the Genus will win ten points. For full credit, answers must be accompanied by supporting character information.

The cumulative points winner for the month of January will take home their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Here’s a hint: I took this photograph in Australia. Good luck!

13 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Prolasius. This ant has one-segmented waist, but not the characteristic “dolichderine look” with eyes placed relatively close together on frons, towards Formicinae. Apparently 12-segmented antennae, lack of any spines, shiny look and the characteristic shape of propodeum suggest Prolasius.

  2. I wanted to write, “which points towards Formicinae” but, for some reason, I was in a rush and lost a few words 😉

  3. First guess was going to be Ochetellus, looking at the shape of the propodeum, but upon further thought I have to second Marek’s identification.

  4. James C. Trager

    I can see the acidopore, though out of focus. Wish I knew my austral form iciness better. Too late anyway, as it looks like Marek got it.

  5. Drawing upon my copious scientific expertise, I can assure y’all this critter is in no ways a protist! [/useful taxonomic contribution]

    Also, why does there appear to be more myrmecologists than protistologists? No fair, we’re phylogenetically bigger! ;p

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