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2. Amblyopone obscura HNS . B.M.

Female. Length 4 lines.-Black and shining: the antennae, mandibles, and face anteriorly ferruginous and punctate-striate, the vertex coarsely punctured; the face with a central channel which terminates at the anterior ocellus. Thorax oblong, rounded anteriorly and truncate posteriorly, the truncation transversely rugose; above coarsely punctured, the sides obliquely striated; the legs and sides more or less ferruginous; wings subhyaline, the nervures fuscous. Abdomen oblong, with scattered punctures; the apex acute and rufo-testaceous.

Worker. Closely resembles the female, but is less coarsely punctured on the vertex, and the truncation of the metathorax is not rugose.

Hab. Australia.

This species is rather larger than A. australis HNS , of a different colour, and more coarsely sculptured, but may very possibly be only a local variety of the Tasmanian species.


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