Morphology and Terminology

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Ants vary greatly in size. Here a Discothyrea sexarticulata worker rests on Dinoponera australis. Photo by Guilherme Ide (MZUSP).
Myrmecia brevinoda, one of the largest ants, together with one of the smallest, Carebara atoma, photographed using an electron microscope. Photo by Bob Taylor and Colin Beaton.

Information on morphology and terminology can be found on the following pages.

Body Morphology

Wings

Morphometrics

Surface Sculpture

Caste morphology

Life History Strategies

  • Terminology Descriptions of life history strategies used throughout AntWiki.

Economo-header (arilab.unit.oist.jp).png  X-ray micro-CT scan 3D model of Proceratium sp. (worker) prepared by the Economo lab at OIST.

Specimen from USA See on Sketchfab. See list of 3D images.

Economo-header (arilab.unit.oist.jp).png  X-ray micro-CT scan 3D model of Melissotarsus (worker) prepared by the Economo lab at OIST.

Open mouthparts of bark-inhabiting ant species Melissotarsus sp. from Africa. See on Sketchfab. See list of 3D images.