Need help identifying a species of ant FL

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Odontomachi
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Need help identifying a species of ant FL

Post: # 55383Post Odontomachi
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:25 pm

I have been caring for this species for a few months now, yet I cant seem to identify their exact species in spite of my best efforts. I found them in Florida near Orlando. I have 3 pictures of one from the top, side, and next to the centimeter side of a ruler. They are a pretty simple looking ant. One defining characteristic I found was that they have 2 small spikes near the end of their thorax.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/17N0K-qRZAP0l4HOj5cUgIhu-G6PMyIeI/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11mlLWJByJq8wcHRcTdYJYigtP_8UbrMI/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tk-0LfQApRCzf_HdrimWa2XsdMMlqDzO/view?usp=drivesdk
I do not have a picture of the queen unfortunately, however I can say she is relatively small, only maybe a little over .5 cm
All help is appreciated, thanks!

DWayneF32
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Location: Beattyville, Kentucky USA

Re: Need help identifying a species of ant FL

Post: # 55533Post DWayneF32
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:58 pm

I am no expert but my best guess would be a European fire ant.

Here is a link explaining the characteristics
https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2010/09/2550-antcharac.jpg

DWayneF32
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Re: Need help identifying a species of ant FL

Post: # 55545Post DWayneF32
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:46 am

DWayneF32 wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:58 pm
I am no expert but my best guess would be a European fire ant.

Here is a link explaining the characteristics
https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2010/09/2550-antcharac.jpg
Upon further research the European fire ant, shouldn’t be in Florida. So my first guess is wrong. It’s most likely the Pheidole megacephala or Big headed ant.

Ottersinverts
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Re: Need help identifying a species of ant FL

Post: # 58546Post Ottersinverts
Tue May 21, 2019 10:23 pm

Odontomachi wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:25 pm
I have been caring for this species for a few months now, yet I cant seem to identify their exact species in spite of my best efforts. I found them in Florida near Orlando. I have 3 pictures of one from the top, side, and next to the centimeter side of a ruler. They are a pretty simple looking ant. One defining characteristic I found was that they have 2 small spikes near the end of their thorax.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/17N0K-qRZAP0l4HOj5cUgIhu-G6PMyIeI/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11mlLWJByJq8wcHRcTdYJYigtP_8UbrMI/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tk-0LfQApRCzf_HdrimWa2XsdMMlqDzO/view?usp=drivesdk
I do not have a picture of the queen unfortunately, however I can say she is relatively small, only maybe a little over .5 cm
All help is appreciated, thanks!
This is definitely an aphaenogaster species, and this worker appears to be aphaenogaster lamellidens.
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7P9ygMnohUZtcyttLctSwA[youtube]

Species list: *soon to come*

I keep ants, and i like ants. Ive been doing it for about 7 years and it doesnt get boring.

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Aaron567
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Location: Pensacola, Florida USA

Re: Need help identifying a species of ant FL

Post: # 59498Post Aaron567
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:02 pm

Aphaenogaster. Probably A. carolinensis because of the short propodeal spines and smooth mesosoma.
Keeper of:
Brachymyrmex patagonicus
Crematogaster sp.
Dorymyrmex bureni
Pheidole bicarinata
Pheidole moerens
Pheidole obscurithorax
Solenopsis invicta


My queens still founding a colony are:
Strumigenys sp.

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