Ant Identification (Brandi, Namibia)


Wow! I didn't even know your organization existed and happened upon it by accident. Anyway, while in Namibia last spring (2012) I came upon this interesting ant while in the red dunes of Sossussvlei, Namibia. I tried to identify it when I got home, but with no luck. Can you help?

Thanks very much,

Brandi

Attack ants.jpg

Attack ant.jpg

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Dear Brandi,

Thanks for your fantastic images!

The ants pictured are Camponotus detritus, otherwise known as the Namib Desert dune ant. This species is noteworthy not only for its striking appearance, but also its peculiar adaptation to the extreme aridity of the Namib Desert. You can read more about their distribution, behaviour, and unique physiology here.

Thanks for your interest!

Alexandra Westrich & the AntAsk Team

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