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Nothomyrmecia macrops (Australian Ant)

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

Ecosystems

Prey / Diet

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

Predators

Gymnorhina tibicen (Australian Magpie)[1]

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