The only species in the genus, the types (workers only) were collected in a pitfall trap. Although it is not uncommon in the Darling Range, Nebothriomyrmex majeri is particularly abundant in coastal peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) scrubland around Bremer Bay. Here, many clusters of ant colonies can be found in white sand under rotted wood and around tree and shrub roots. Given their close association with roots in these circumstances, they may be tending root aphids or other Hemiptera. (Heterick 2009)
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
Worker. Palpal index 6:4. Eyes small (with about 20 facets), situated near antennal sockets; simple ocelli absent. Antennae 12-segmented. Mandibules with 4 or 5 small teeth. Median hypostoma developed, without emargination. Metanotal depression deep. Main surface of propodeum situated distinctly below mesonotum. (Dubovikoff, 2004)
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Only known from workers.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- majeri. Nebothriomyrmex majeri Dubovikoff, 2004a: 523 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Body yellow, abdomen slightly darker. Erect hairs present on the clypeus (2 chaetae directed forwards in middle part and 2, directed downwards at anterior margin) and abdomen (tergites II and III with sparse chaetae, tergite IV with about 7 chaetae). Recumbent pubescence of body delicate, consisting of dense fine short hairs. Eyes situated in lower part of head. Scape short, far not reaching occipital margin of head. Clypeus slightly depressed in middle. Main surface of propodeum convex; sloping surface flat, not concave. Sacle fine, smoothly rounded upwards.
Length of body: 1.5-1.9 mm. CI = 85-89 (89), SI = 65-68 (65).
- Holotype, worker, Redross goldmine, 60km S Kambalda, Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 3 workers, Alcoa burn project (?Jarrahdale district), Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 1 worker, Dwellingup, Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 6 workers, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 1 worker, Reabold H., Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 2 workers, Torndirrup National Park, Western Australia, Australia, Curtin Univ. (Perth).
- Paratype, 2 workers, Redross goldmine, 60km S Kambalda, Western Australia, Australia, ZISP (St. Petersburg).
The species is named for Prof. J. Majer, curator of the collection of ants in CUTP.
- Dubovikoff, D.A. 2004b. Nebothriomyrmex majeri gen. et sp. n., a new genus and species of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dolichoderinae) from Australia. Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 83(2): 487-489, 511 (page 488, worker described)
- Dubovikoff, D.A. 2005. The system of taxon Bothriomyrmex Emery, 1869 sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and relatives genera. Kavkazskii Entomologicheskii Byulleten 1(1): 89-94 (page 91, Referred to new tribe Iridomyrmecini)
- Heterick, B. E. 2009a. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 1 PDF