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Nothomyrmecia macrops (Australian Ant)

Synonyms: Cerapachys macrops (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

Nothomyrmecia, also known as the dinosaur ant or dawn ant, is a rare genus of ants consisting of a single species, Nothomyrmecia macrops. It lives in South Australia, nesting in old-growth mallee woodland and Eucalyptus woodland. The full distribution of Nothomyrmecia has never been assessed, and it is unknown how widespread it really is; its potential range may be wider if it does favour old-growth mallee woodland. Possible threats to its survival include habitat destruction and climate change. Nothomyrmecia is most active when it is cold because workers encounter fewer competitors and predators such as Camponotus and Iridomyrmex, and it also increases hunting success. Thus, the increase of temperature may prevent them from foraging and very few areas would be suitable for the ant to live
View Wikipedia Record: Nothomyrmecia macrops

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Nothomyrmecia macrops


Prey / Diet

Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle)[1]
Chloris ventricosa (Australian windmill grass)[1]
Eucalyptus camaldulensis (river redgum)[1]


Gymnorhina tibicen (Australian Magpie)[1]

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Who's Eating Who
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0