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Species: Orectognathus versicolor   Donisthorpe, 1940 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Orectognathus versicolor Donisthorpe, 1940a PDF: 46 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Bolton, 2000: 25.

Taxon Page Images:

Orectognathus versicolor is unusual for a trap-jaw ant in having a major worker caste (the large ant at center). The function of majors in this species remains unknown; other Orectognathus lack majors. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 31 times found in Rainforest, 0 times found in Sclerophyll woods, 1 times found in Closed forest, 1 times found in dry sclerophyll gully, 1 times found in Subtropical Rainforest, 1 times found in Wet sclerophyll.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 26 times Under stone, 2 times Between rocks, 1 times nest under and between rocks, 1 times Ground strays, nocturnal, 1 times Ground strays, 1 times Ex small fragment rtn. wood, 1 times Unde rstone, 1 times Swept ex foliage, 1 times rainforest.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times direct collection, 1 times Litter sample.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 920 meters, 553 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Orectognathus versicolor: casent0900021

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