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A worker of Dolichoderus scabridus carries a small piece of bark from the leafitter, Black Rock, Canberra, ACT.

A worker of Dolichoderus scabridus carries a small piece of bark from the leafitter, Black Rock, Canberra, ACT.

Dolichoderus are one of the most charming Australian ants with some very interesting body armour and sculpturing. In a recently published article, Steve Shattuck and Sharon Marsden have revised the Australian species of this genus. They raise two former subspecies to the species-level and describe nine new species, taking the Australian Dolichoderus species count to 27.

In warm conditions, workers and brood of Dolichoderus doriae form large balls on the surface of the ground. Mt Tennent, Canberra, ACT.

In warm conditions, workers and brood of Dolichoderus doriae form large balls on the surface of the ground. Mt Tennent, Canberra, ACT.

In warm conditions, workers and brood of Dolichoderus doriae form large balls on the surface of the ground. Mt Tennent, Canberra, ACT.

In warm conditions, workers and brood of Dolichoderus doriae form large balls on the surface of the ground. Mt Tennent, Canberra, ACT.

More pictures of Dolichoderus.

Read the article here.

Shattuck SO & Marsden S. 2013. Australian species of the ant genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3716: 101-143.

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