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Ghost Ant

Scientific Name
Tapinoma sp.
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Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae: Tapinomini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Headfront - Worker
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HYM46
Source
Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Length from about 1.5 to 5 mm. Antennae 12-segmented. Mandibles with 3 or 7 large teeth and about 7 small denticles and with the surface containing the teeth and the surface near the clypeus rounding gradually into one another; the upper surface of the propodeum is shorter than the rear surface; the node of the petiole is absent and its forward face is either lacking or is very short and indistinct; the first segment of the gaster projects forward and partially or completely conceals the petiole when viewed from above and the gaster has 4 segments on its upper surface.

References

- Shattuck, S.O & Barnett, N.J. (2001). Australian Ants Online. Available online: http://www.ento.csiro.au/science/ants/dolichoderinae/tapinoma/tapinoma.htm (Date of access: 7 Jan 2009).

- Japanese Ant Image Database. (2003). Available online: http://ant.edb.miyakyo-u.ac.jp/E/Taxo/F703--.html (Date of access: 8 Jan 2009).
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
22/11/2011 09:43 AEST
Last Updated
04/05/2014 21:47 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Ghost Ant (Tapinoma sp.) Updated on 5/4/2014 9:47:00 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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