Notostigma foreli

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Notostigma foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Notostigma
Species: N. foreli
Binomial name
Notostigma foreli
Emery, 1920

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Specimen labels

Taylor (1992) - Notostigma foreli workers are solitary, nocturnal foragers. The soil excavated from a nest may form a pronounced symmetrical cone, about 0.3 m high, surrounding the open summit entrance. The raised, reddish local sub-soil often makes these very easily seen. During the day above-ground effort to disturb the ants is typically ineffectual, but at night large numbers of workers may be present on the mound surfaces.


N. foreli is relatively large as a non-myrmeciine ant, but it is smaller than Notostigma carazzii. Head width in the largest workers is about 4 mm, and the occipital border is at most only feebly concave in frontal view, even in the largest workers. The ground colour is dull golden brown, with the head slightly, but usually distinctly darker.

Keys including this Species


N. foreli is found in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, and seems to be restricted to rainforest.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • foreli. Notostigma foreli Emery, 1920b: 253 (w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Emery 1920.
Emery 1920.


  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 253, worker, queen, male described)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1992a. Nomenclature and distribution of some Australian and New Guinean ants of the subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 31:57-69.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 1992. Nomenclature and distribution of some Australian and New Guinean ants of the subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 31: 57-69.