Amblyopone clarki

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Amblyopone clarki
Amblyopone clarki
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Amblyopone
Species: A. clarki
Binomial name
Amblyopone clarki
Wheeler, W.M., 1927

Amblyopone clarki side view

Amblyopone clarki top view

Specimen labels

Amblyopone clarki is locally abundant on the sandy coastal plain north and south of Perth, especially in tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala DC.) and Banksia woodlands. Nests of this species are often conspicuous because of the presence of a peculiar little turret of sand, about 5 cm high. The author has often found just one worker (a sentry?) within the apex of the turret. (Heterick 2009)

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -29.88333333° to -35.48332977°.

   
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Queen

Male

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • clarki. Amblyopone clarki Wheeler, W.M. 1927c: 24, fig. 7 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: 8 syntype workers, 1 syntype queens.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Ludlow (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1960a: 168, 207; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 19; Taylor, 1987a: 6; Bolton, 1995b: 61; Heterick, 2009: 132.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Syntype workers and queen from Ludlow, Western Australia (5 workers, 1 queen in Museum of Comparative Zoology, 2 workers with uncertain location, 1 worker in Museum Victoria, Melbourne).

Type Material

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1960. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. III. Tribe Amblyoponini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 122: 143-230.
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.