Alice Springs Desert Park

ASDP AntsCamponotus denticulatus Opisthopsis sp

The genus Opisthopsis sp are commonly known as the Strobe Ant and belong to the subfamily Formicinae. At time of writing, there are currently 13 species listed for Australasia.

The Strobe Ant pictured here on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) from the Alice Springs Desert Park is likely to be the species Opisthopsis haddoni (with the common name of Haddon’s Strobe Ant) or the subspecies Opisthopsis haddoni ssp. rufoniger.

Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis spOpisthopsis haddoni, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Vespoidea
  • Family: Formicidae
  • Subfamily: Formicinae
  • Tribe: Camponotini
  • Genus: Opisthopsis
  • Species:
    • Opisthopsis diadematus Wheeler, 1918
    • Opisthopsis haddoni Emery, 1893
    • Opisthopsis halmaherae Karavaiev, 1930
    • Opisthopsis jocosus Wheeler, 1918
    • Opisthopsis lienosus Wheeler, 1918
    • Opisthopsis linnaei Forel, 1901
    • Opisthopsis major Forel, 1902
    • Opisthopsis manni Wheeler, 1918
    • Opisthopsis maurus Wheeler, 1918
    • Opisthopsis panops Bolton, 1995
    • Opisthopsis pictus Emery, 1895
    • Opisthopsis respiciens (Smith, 1865)
    • Opisthopsis rufithorax Emery, 1895
  • Subspecies: Opisthopsis haddoni ssp. rufoniger

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Stephanie Catterall-Taylor for ID, member of Amateur Entomology Australia, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/476897096018877/
  2. Opisthopsis Emery, 1893, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/9f1681df-15a7-42b2-ac6e-a6642a94ac2e
  3. Strobe Ants (Genus Opisthopsis), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/362769-Opisthopsis
  4. Haddon’s Strobe Ant (Opisthopsis haddoni), ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/190771597

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