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Dinoponera Ant

Dinoponera mutica

Description:

Large black ant with bluish lustre. As a group Dinoponera are known as Giant forest ants and contain some of the largest ant species. This one is a worker ant at around 300mm long. Body segments are smooth and on initial inspection the ant is hairless.

Habitat:

Lowland neotropical forest. Found in the states of southern Brazil, northwest Paraguay and eastern Bolivia. This one seen on the forest floor on the Brazil/Paraguay/Argentine borders.

Notes:

This large ant was originally misidentified as a Bullet Ant. My apologies for any confusion. For those that are interested there are a couple of key id features. This ant has smooth body segments. Parponera clavata has a pair of blunt horns on the first segment of the thorax which on other ant this size has, and also has a sharp forward pointing triangular node on its waist. Ref: Myrmecos. I would like to thank PN member Gentleman 1986 for bringing this to my attention.

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4 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 3 years ago

Thank you Gentleman 1986. You are quite correct and on further research I will amend this spotting. I took the initial ID from the guide I was with, my mistake. One of the things I appreciate about PN is in situations like this where pooled knowledge increases individual knowledge. Thank you again.

Gentleman1986
Gentleman1986 3 years ago

hi, this is actually an Dinoponera mutica worker

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Thank you armadeus.4 I have been lucky enough to escape being stung by this particular species so far.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

Woah...don't get stung by this little critter! Great shots! Thank you for sharing :)

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

Mnes., Argentina

Spotted on Nov 9, 2015
Submitted on Nov 17, 2015

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