And now, a public service announcement.
As much as I am flattered that people make use of my photographs (especially, these photographs) to put names to their mystery ants, I caution against relying too heavily on them.
According to Ant Cat our planet hosts about 300 living genera of ants, give or take a few depending on how much you agree with Barry Bolton’s sense of lumping and splitting. I have managed, over the past 10 years, to photograph 132 of these. That’s less than half. Many genera- even some common ones in Asia & Africa- are not represented in my galleries. Be aware, then, that more identification possibilities exist than what’s on alexanderwild.com, especially outside of the Americas where I have concentrated my efforts.
At the level of species the situation is even more skewed: I have only photographed about 5% of the world’s ant species. At my current rate, I won’t have imaged all ant species until, oh, about the year 2203.
Also, I have not intended many of my photographs to serve a taxonomic function. Sure, some were planned to illustrate diagnostic features, but most weren’t. The photographs are taken from different angles, at different magnifications, and using different lights, and many do not show the relevant taxonomic characters.
If you are serious about accurate identifications, then, I recommend the tried-and-true combination of primary taxonomic literature used in conjunction with well-curated natural history collections.