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Ant (Southern ant) Monomorium antarcticum

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. antarcticum
Binomial name: Monomorium antarcticum
Synonyms: Atta antarctica, Monomorium fulvum, Tetramorium nitidum, Monomorium suteri, Monomorium integrum, Monomorium succineum, Aphenogaster antartica, Monomorium Notomyrmex) rapaense, Formica Antarctica, Monomorium nitidum,Monomorium (Notomyrmex) antarcticum, Monomorium (Notomyrmex) integrum, Monomorium (Notomyrmex) nitidum, Monomorium (Notomyrmex) succineum, Chelaner antarcticus, Chelaner antarctica
Common name: Southern ant.

Monomorium antarcticum is an ant of the family Formicidae, endemic to New Zealand. 
M. antarcticum is by far New Zealand’s most ubiquitous ant species, being found throughout the North and South Islands, on Stewart I., Three Kings Is, Chatham Is and offshore islands.

For more detailed information visit
http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/invasive-invertebrates/antsnz/Factsheets/monomorium-antarcticum

Photos below are of winged female ant of the species Monomorium antarcticum. She will have left the nest and mated and now looking for somewhere to establish a new colony.






A non-winged Monomorium antarcticum
  

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