Melophorus

Melophorus bagoti, copyright Antoine Wystrach.


Belongs within: Formicinae.

Melophorus, furnace ants, is a genus of ants endemic to Australia, many species of which are adapted to foraging at high temperatures.

See also: Ants go out in the noonday sun.

Characters (from Heterick 2009): Antenna with 12 segments; antennal insertions abutting posterior margin of clypeus; clypeus and underside of head and mandibles usually with profuse, long, curved hairs; metapleural gland present; propodeal spiracle slit- or comma-like.

<==Melophorus H09
    |--M. aeneovirens H09
    |--M. bagoti H09
    |--M. bruneus H09
    |--M. fulvihirtus H09
    |--M. insularis H09
    |--M. iridescens H09
    |--M. ludius H09
    |    |--M. l. ludius H09
    |    `--M. l. sulla H09
    |--M. majeri H09
    |--M. mjobergi H09
    |--M. potteri H09
    |--M. turneri H09
    |    |--M. t. turneri H09
    |    `--M. t. perthensis H09
    `--M. wheeleri H09

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[H09] Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1–206.

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