[5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

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Johnfer
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[5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

Post: # 32284Post Johnfer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:35 am

Hello everyone,

On June I caught this queen. Since then, I have been taking care of her. Now the colony has 15 workers, but I don't know what species they are.
The queen has about 5 mm long, red-dark color. The workers are brownish-transparent, about 3 mm long. No majors, all are the same size, they only eat insects and sugarwater, sometimes honey. I tried other foods but they don't accept.
Here are some photos, sorry for the quality but they are so tiny, it is very difficult to take good images.
The colony is living in a test tube, and it is a mess, very dirty. There is a new one connected, but they are not willing to move.

Link for the photos:
https://imgur.com/a/naZUR

If someone could help me to identify them, I would be very grateful.

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Re: [5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

Post: # 32470Post idahoantgirl
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:13 am

Hm. I dont know. Maybe one of our ID experts can help out.
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Re: [5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

Post: # 32484Post Batspiderfish
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:03 pm

Looks like Tapinoma sp.
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Re: ID Request

Post: # 32491Post Phoenix
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:47 pm

Or Technomyrmex Sp.
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Re: [5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

Post: # 32492Post Batspiderfish
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:16 pm

Technomyrmex queens are almost the same size as their workers.
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Re: [5 mm queen + colony] Brazil - Sao Paulo

Post: # 32503Post Johnfer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:47 pm

Thank you all for the help!

I searched for Tapinoma species in Sao Paulo and the only I found is called Tapinoma atriceps, but there are few photos to compare them :(, but I'm very happy with Tapinoma sp. :)
Can Tapinoma ants really have multiple queens? So... Will this colony produce more queens?

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