Orectognathus clarki

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Orectognathus clarki
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Orectognathus
Species: O. clarki
Binomial name
Orectognathus clarki
Brown, 1953

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Specimen Labels

Described from southern Victoria, this species had previously been recorded from high rainfall areas near the south coast (WA), notably the Porongorup and Stirling Ranges. Recently, a worker was collected by vegetation vacuuming in the Worsley mining area south-east of Perth. This constitutes a first record for Jarrah-Marri woodland in the Darling Range. (Heterick 2009)


Photo Gallery

  • Orectognathus clarki worker. These ants are slow moving ants and primarily forage at night. Gnowangerup, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 24 December 2009.
  • Orectognathus clarki worker. These ants are slow moving ants and primarily forage at night. Gnowangerup, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 24 December 2009.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • clarki. Orectognathus clarki Brown, 1953k: 94, figs. 1, 2 (w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1955a: 126 (l.); Crozier, 1968b: 87 (k.). See also: Bolton, 2000: 21.

Type Material

Description

Karyotype

  • 2n = 30 (Australia) (Crozier, 1968d).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton, B. 2000. The Ant Tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 65
  • Brown W. L. Jr. 1953. A revision of the dacetine ant genus Orectognathus. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 13: 84-104.
  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1958. A supplement to the revisions of the dacetine ant genera Orectognathus and Arnoldidris, with keys to the species. Psyche (Camb.) 64: 17-29.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Lowery B. B., and R. J. Taylor. 1994. Occurrence of ant species in a range of sclerophyll forest communities at Old Chum Dam, north-eastern Tasmania. Australian Entomologist 21: 11-14.
  • Sinclair J. E., and T. R. New. 2004. Pine plantations in south eastern Australia support highly impoverished ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 8: 277-286.
  • Taylor R. W. 1979. New Australian ants of the genus Orectognathus, with summary description of the twenty-nine known species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 27: 773-788.
  • 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.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.