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Spider Ant

Scientific Name
Leptomyrmex sp.
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Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae: Leptomyrmecini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Justin C. Smith MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Most species are relatively large with elongate legs and distinctive black, orange, or bicoloured black and orange colouration. However, several species (as yet undescribed) are much smaller and superficially resemble Iridomyrmex. These smaller species can be recognised using the same characters as used for the larger species. Antennal scapes are elongate and surpass the rear margin of the head by more than one-half their length; central area on the underside of the head near the mandibles has a U-shaped notch (medial hypostoma notched); mandibles have 7 to 15 large teeth and 5 to 12 small denticles.

References

- Shattuck, S.O. & Barnett, N.J. (2001). Australian Ants Online. Available online: [http://www.ento.csiro.au/science/ants/dolichoderinae/leptomyrmex/leptomyrmex.htm](http://www.ento.csiro.au/science/ants/dolichoderinae/leptomyrmex/leptomyrmex.htm) (Date of access: 7 Jan 2009)
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
22/11/2011 08:57 AEST
Last Updated
10/04/2014 01:54 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Spider Ant (Leptomyrmex sp.) Updated on 4/10/2014 1:54:39 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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