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Amblyopone australis Erichson, 1842 PDF: 261, pl. 5, fig. 7 (w.) AUSTRALIA. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Amblyopone laevidens, Amblyopone nana: Wilson, 1958c PDF: 142; of Amblyopone cephalotes (and its junior synonym Amblyopone maculata): Brown, 1958h: 14; of Amblyopone fortis, Amblyopone foveolata, Amblyopone minor, Amblyopone obscura, and material of the unavailable names Amblyopone howensis, Amblyopone norfolkensis, Amblyopone pallens, Amblyopone queenslandica referred here: Brown, 1960a: 167 (these previously provisional synonyms in Brown, 1958h: 13).
See also: Taylor, 1979 PDF: 835.
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Biology

various habitats
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1. Amblyopone australis HNS . Pl. VII. figs. 21-24. B.M.

Amblyopone australis, Erichs HNS . Wiegm. Archiv (1842), p. 260 [[worker]].

Worker. Length 3 lines.-Shining ferruginous, or rufopiceous; sparingly pubescent. Head large, the vertex and front down to the insertion of the antennae, finely but rather distantly punctured; a deep central channel extends from the middle of the bead to its anterior margin; on each side the head is obliquely striated; the mandibles longitudinally striated. Thorax: the prothorax rounded in front, convex, subglobose, punctured on the sides, the disk impunctate; the metathorax oblong, the sides parallel, truncate posteriorly, rather obliquely so. Abdomen oblong, smooth and shining, with the apex pale rufo-testaceous.

The female has the head more strongly punctured, the mesothorax much larger, and the scutellum developed; the wings subhyaline, with the nervures testaceous; the prothorax, metathorax, and sides of the node of the peduncle strongly punctured.

Male. Length 2 1/2 lines.-Black, shining and pubescent: head and thorax strongly punctured; the head transverse, the eyes large and lateral; antenna; elongate, filiform; the antennae, tibiae and tarsi rufo-testaceous; wings as in the female.

Erichson only describes the worker of this species: the male and female are in the Museum Collection.

  • Smith, F. (1858): Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London, British Museum: 109-109, URL:http://antbase.org/ants/publications/8127/8127.pdf
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Distribution

North Island
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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

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Smith, F.:
  Amblyopone australis, Erichs . Wiegm. Archiv (1842), p. 260 [[worker]].
  Worker. Length 3 lines.-Shining ferruginous, or rufopiceous; sparingly pubescent. Head large, the vertex and front down to the insertion of the antennae, finely but rather distantly punctured; a deep central channel extends from the middle of the bead to its anterior margin; on each side the head is obliquely striated; the mandibles longitudinally striated. Thorax: the prothorax rounded in front, convex, subglobose, punctured on the sides, the disk impunctate; the metathorax oblong, the sides parallel, truncate posteriorly, rather obliquely so. Abdomen oblong, smooth and shining, with the apex pale rufo-testaceous.
  The female has the head more strongly punctured, the mesothorax much larger, and the scutellum developed; the wings subhyaline, with the nervures testaceous; the prothorax, metathorax, and sides of the node of the peduncle strongly punctured.
  Male. Length 2 1/2 lines.-Black, shining and pubescent: head and thorax strongly punctured; the head transverse, the eyes large and lateral; antenna; elongate, filiform; the antennae, tibiae and tarsi rufo-testaceous; wings as in the female.
  Erichson only describes the worker of this species: the male and female are in the Museum Collection.
 
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Amblyopone australis, Erichs . Wiegm. Archiv (1842), p. 260 [[worker]].

 

Worker. Length 3 lines.-Shining ferruginous, or rufopiceous; sparingly pubescent. Head large, the vertex and front down to the insertion of the antennae, finely but rather distantly punctured; a deep central channel extends from the middle of the bead to its anterior margin; on each side the head is obliquely striated; the mandibles longitudinally striated. Thorax: the prothorax rounded in front, convex, subglobose, punctured on the sides, the disk impunctate; the metathorax oblong, the sides parallel, truncate posteriorly, rather obliquely so. Abdomen oblong, smooth and shining, with the apex pale rufo-testaceous.

 

The female has the head more strongly punctured, the mesothorax much larger, and the scutellum developed; the wings subhyaline, with the nervures testaceous; the prothorax, metathorax, and sides of the node of the peduncle strongly punctured.

 

Male. Length 2 1/2 lines.-Black, shining and pubescent: head and thorax strongly punctured; the head transverse, the eyes large and lateral; antenna; elongate, filiform; the antennae, tibiae and tarsi rufo-testaceous; wings as in the female.

 

Erichson only describes the worker of this species: the male and female are in the Museum Collection.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Amblyopone australis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 5
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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