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Ghost Ant

Scientific Name
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Scientific Author
Fabricius, 1793
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae: Tapinomini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Images

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HYM47
Source
Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Length about 1.5 mm, ranging between 1.3 and 1.9 mm; distinctively bicoloured: head (including antennae, except for first 2 segments) and sides of alitrunk blackish-brown; dorsal alitrunk (except propodeum) and legs pale yellow; gaster mostly pale, sometimes with brown patches. Surface sculpture: head and body mostly with fine sculpture, appearing slightly dull; antennae 12-segmented; first antennal segment (scape) long, surpassing the posterior border of head; eyes large, with 9–10 ommatidia in the longest row; mandibles each with 3 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 (basal angle absent); clypeus without longitudinal carinae, anterior margin slightly concave; alitrunk in profile almost smoothly convex, with slight metanotal depression; propodeum without spines, the upper surface shorter than the rear surface; one rudimentary node (petiole) present, which lacks a distinct forward face and is partially or completely concealed (viewed from above) by forward projection of the first segment of the gaster; gaster with 4 segments on its upper surface; dense fine pubescence all over, erect setae on clypeus and gastral apex only; stinger absent.

References

- Japanese Ant Image Database. (2003). Available online: [http://ant.edb.miyakyo-u.ac.jp/E/Taxo/F70301.html](http://ant.edb.miyakyo-u.ac.jp/E/Taxo/F70301.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 21:43 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Ghost Ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum) Updated on 5/4/2014 9:43:09 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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