Anonychomyrma itinerans ballaratensis
|Anonychomyrma itinerans ballaratensis|
|Subspecies:||A. itinerans ballaratensis|
| Anonychomyrma itinerans ballaratensis|
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Anonychomyrma species are common in moist to semi-arid forested areas (and are less common in rain forests). They nest either in soil with or without coverings, or arboreally in living or dead wood. Workers forage in conspicuous trails on the ground and on tree trunks. Although not studied in detail, they seem to be general predators and also collect plant juices. Some species are associated with the caterpillars of selected butterflies. Nest sizes are moderate to large, ranging from 500 to tens of thousands of workers. When disturbed, most species elevate their gasters and release strong, acrid smelling chemicals as a defensive measure. While similar to Iridomyrmex in general habitat preferences and ecology, most Anonychomyrma prefer moister sites and are predominately arboreal. Iridomyrmex species occur in drier sites and are predominantly terrestrial.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- ballaratensis. Iridomyrmex itinerans var. ballaratensis Forel, 1902h: 472 (w.m.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Anonychomyrma: Shattuck, 1992a: 13. Currently subspecies of itinerans: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 100.
- Iridomyrmex itinerans ballaratensis Forel, 1902: Syntype, 1 worker, 3 males, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève.
- Forel, A. 1902j. Fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 405-548 (page 472, worker, male described)
- Shattuck, S. O. 1992a. Review of the dolichoderine ant genus Iridomyrmex Mayr with descriptions of three new genera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 31: 13-18 (page 13, combination in Anonychomyrma)
- Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 100, subspecies of itinerans)