The Ants of Northern Australia: A Guide to the Monsoonal Fauna
Ants are one of the most important faunal groups in Australia and are widely used as bioindicators in land monitoring and assessment programs. The Ants of Northern Australia will help in the identification of the 1500 or more ant species occurring in monsoonal Australia, an area which encompasses most of the northern third of the continent. Until now, no book has described the northern Australian ant fauna below genus level. Such a treatment is required to support and promote the numerous ecological studies involving ants, especially in the context of their use as bioindicators. The Ants of Northern Australia features original analyses of genera at the species-group level, and so has relevance throughout Australia. It treats all major species that have been described, as well as numerous others that remain undescribed.
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Andersen antennal scapes ants Arnhem Land Australian species bicoloured black gaster Camponotus central Queensland clypeal margin clypeus colour concave conspicuous Crematogaster distinctive diverse DOLICHODERINAE dorsal face dorsum erect hairs exceeding occipital border eyes feebly Formicinae frontal carinae gaster genera genus glabrous granivorous group Eyrean group Torresian habitats head and trunk higher rainfall Iridomyrmex known mandibles markedly maximum diameter Melophorus Meranoplus mesonotum metanotal minor workers Monomorium monsoonal region monsoonal species monsoonal zone morphologically Myrmicinae nests north Queensland northern Australia northern Kimberley occipital margin occurs primarily occurs throughout Ochetellus Odontomachus pair petiolar node petiole Pheidole Plate Polyrhachis post-petiole posterior face pro-mesonotum Profile of trunk projections prominent pronotal pronotal shoulders pronotum propodeal spines propodeum pubescence Pyramica radiation rainforest recognised reddish restricted Rhytidoponera savanna scapes exceeding occipital segments smooth and shiny southern arid zone species occurring sub-family sub-genus teeth or spines throughout the monsoonal Top End tropical undescribed species Victoria River widespread yellowish