Update on the oddity

mystery2aI hadn't anticipated that my keen readers would try to guess the *species* of the aforementioned oddity, but since the guessing has headed in that direction I'll post this hint, which shows the much more commonly seen worker caste of our little mystery bug.

Stakes are now at, um, 15 points. Yeah.

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Hypoponera opacior

By Joshua King (not verified) on 29 Jun 2009 #permalink

Oh, I just noticed the mandibles of the monster in the new shot. The fact that it has all the head appendages (antennae, mandibles, etc) male-like is pure awesome.

I'm sure most of my photos contain protists, somewhere. You just have to squint.

Sure looks like a Hypoponera to me too, but I'll zero in on cryptopone (because this distance it certainly is cryptic) . Must admit, I've never taken a close look at a male's head before coz the wings are such a giveaway. I learnt something valuable today!

By Dave in Aus (not verified) on 29 Jun 2009 #permalink

Without a relative size comparison, and a good look at the eye, spurs, and overall "hairiness" the worker could also pass as Pachycondyla stigma...

By Joshua King (not verified) on 30 Jun 2009 #permalink

That certainly looks like a worker and an ergatoid male of Hypoponera opacior. Now all I need is for someone to tell me how this species is discriminated from the Old World Hypoponera eduardi.

By Barry Bolton (not verified) on 03 Oct 2009 #permalink