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Myrmecia haskinsorum, Canberra

Myrmecia haskinsorum, Canberra

Jack Jumpers are ants well known to most people in Australia. Due to dramatic interspecific similarity, specimens have often been identified as Myrmecia pilosula. In his latest work published in Zootaxa, Robert Taylor reviews the present status of Myrmecia pilosula complex and describes 4 new species bringing the species tally of this charismatic group to six: M. banksi, M. croslandi, M. haskinsorum, M. imaii, M. impaternata and M. pilosula.

Myrmecia croslandi, Australian National University, Canberra

Myrmecia croslandi, Australian National University, Canberra

Myrmecia impaternata, Canberra

Myrmecia impaternata, Canberra

Taylor RW. 2015. Ants with attitude: Australian Jack-jumpers of the Myrmecia pilosula species complex, with descriptions of four new species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). Zootaxa 3911: 493–520.

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A new beginning

A view inside the nest of Myrmecia croslandi, Black Mountains, Canberra

A view inside the nest of the jack jumper ant, Myrmecia croslandi, Black Mountains, Canberra

I am pleased to let you know that I have accepted an offer of a faculty position at Macquarie University, Sydney. Just completed all the paperwork and will be joining the Department of Biological Sciences at MQ. The Department’s strength and diversity in insect ecology and behaviour is perhaps the best across any Australian university. Will shortly be advertising for PhD positions on ant navigation and sensory systems, to work with the ever so delightful Myrmecia and more  – keep an eye out!

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