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

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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)


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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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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).
    • Status as species: Brown, 1960a: 168, 207; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 19; Taylor, 1987a: 6; Bolton, 1995b: 61; Heterick, 2009: 132.

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



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1960. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. III. Tribe Amblyoponini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 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.