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Singapore ant

Scientific Name
Monomorium destructor
Scientific Author
(Jerdon)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)
Risk
Unknown
Status
Native Thailand Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Mesosoma lateral view
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Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin by G.F. Hill.
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Body length of workers (highly variable - Polymorphic) 1.8 - 3.5 mm. This ant is dark brown to blackish brown, and usually with a conspicuous yellow area mediobasally. A relatively large Monomorium species; Body yellowish brown to reddish brown from head to postpetiole; gaster blackish brown. Mandibles each with 4 teeth, the basalmost sometimes obscure. Eyes large, each with around 20 facets. Median paired carinae of clypeus obscure. Metanotal groove distinct. Propodeum with angulate posterodorsal border; the area of petiolar insertion carinate. Ventral outline of petiole less convex than in other species. Postpetiole 1.1 -1.2 times as long as broad. Mesopleuron and sections of lateral surfaces of propodeum with fine puncturation; dorsal surface of propodeum with transverse rugae.

Petiole in dorsla view globular to subglobular

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See weblinks "Ants of Africa" and "ISSG"

Antennae 12 segmented including a 3 segmented club; front margin of clypeus just above the mandibles with a single, central elongate hair or seta; upper surface of head is smooth and lacks grooves or depression.

Shattuck, 1999 - Australian Ants

More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
03/02/2011 12:27 AEST
Last Updated
03/02/2011 12:27 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2011) Singapore ant (Monomorium destructor) Updated on 2/3/2011 12:27:54 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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