Family Formicidae (Ants)

Composed of twelve Australian subfamilies.

Subfamily Amblyoponinae


Subfamily Dolichoderinae

Subfamily Ectatomminae


Subfamily Formicinae (Carpenter Ants)

             IMG 9710 2  IMG 0697  IMG 3273 2

Subfamily Myrmicinae


Subfamily Myrmeciinae

Myrmecia pilosula Jack Jumper             
Subfamily Ponerinae
(Currently empty)
Subfamily Heteroponerinae
(Currently empty)
Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae
(Currently empty)
Subfamily Proceratiinae
(Currently empty)
Subfamily Leptanillinae
(Currently empty)

Pending ID – Formicidae



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