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Crazy Ant

Scientific Name
Paratrechina longicornis
Scientific Author
Latrielle
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
High
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The antennae 12-segments without a club, extremely long.  Ant worker is relatively small (2.3-3 mm); all workers are monomorphic and have only one node between the propodeum and the gaster.  The scape and basal segment of the antenna, is extraordinarily long with the apex surpassing the posterior border of the head by at least one-half the scape length.  Eyes are elliptical, strongly convex.  Legs are long.  Petiole is wedge-shaped, with a broad base, and inclined forward.  No sting but possesses a small round terminal orifice surrounded by a fringe of setae, or hairs, the acedipore.  Body has long, coarse, well scattered, suberect to erect, greyish or whitish setae.  Head, thorax, petiole, and gaster are dark brown to blackish;  the body often has faint bluish iridescence.

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Author
Graham, R.
Created
23/06/2005 02:36 AEST
Last Updated
29/08/2006 10:34 AEST
Citation
Graham, R. (2005) Crazy Ant (Paratrechina longicornis) Updated on 8/29/2006 10:34:14 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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