Name that Ant

Help with identifying the species your ants

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Name that Ant

Post: # 21541Post Martialis
Mon May 22, 2017 5:14 pm

Many new members to the ant keeping community would like to, but don't necessarily know how to, identify to even a subfamily. I created this game of sorts to assist people with that. Name to at least a subfamily, but go to a genus if you can. I'll put a few images up top to help with identification. I'll also put a couple identification keys up top here. Be aware: a flightless wasp may have snuck in here!
http://antkey.org/en
I go into a bit more detail about subfamilies here: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&p=21537#p21537
http://antweb.org

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This shows the anatomy of a formicine ant (top) and a myrmicine one (bottom). Their genera are Formica and Solenopsis respectively.

This shows the anatomy of a ponerine ant, but most of its anatomy applies out of the subfamily.
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The ant below is in the subfamily Dolichoderinae and can be distinguished based on the absent acidopore.
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These are the four most common subfamilies, although there are many more.

Let's start the quiz!

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CHALLENGE SECTION: Contains more than just the above four subfamilies. Look out for Amblyoponinae, Leptanilinae, and possibly a few other subfamilies.

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Answers:

1. Formicinae, Camponotus.

2. Formicinae, Formica.

3. Myrmicinae, Acanthognathus.

4. Dolichoderinae, Aptinoma.

5. Ponerinae, Asphinctopone.

6. Dolichoderinae, Azteca.

7. Nope! That's a flightless wasp.

8. Myrmicinae, Cardiocondyla.

9. Ponerinae, Harpegnathos.

10. Ponerinae, Ponera.
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Challenge Answers:

1. Proceratiinae, Discothyrea.

2. Aneuretinae, Aneuretus.

3. Leptanillinae, Opamyrma.

4. Martialinae, me! :)

5. Amblyoponinae, Onychomyrmex.
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