Ant Catalogue: Southern Africa

Ant Catalogue: Southern Africa - Southern Africa : We've initiated this project in the hope that it might help iSpot users to ID our local ants. The iSpot 'search' or other listings are sometimes not much use in this regard because they bring up all the observations for a species/genus/sub-family, and sor

We've initiated this project in the hope that it might help iSpot users to ID our local ants. The iSpot 'search' or other listings are sometimes not much use in this regard because they bring up all the observations for a species/genus/sub-family, and sorting the wheat from the often-considerable chaff can be quite a time waster. Here you will find a listing of all our ant species that have appeared on iSpot so far, with a brief ID note about each, and links to NOT MORE THAN FIVE of the very best-available observations - the best photos and maybe the best ID notes. Occasional graphics might be listed, too, and updates might be fairly regular. Note that we have on occasion ignored iSpot's 'Likely ID' in favour of the true ID. If you would like to see all the observations for a particular genus, please surf the species browsers listed in Tony Rebelo's comment below. There is a more comprehensive list of browsers on www.ants.org.za
This catalogue is also planned for inclusion on www.ants.org.za , where more illustration is possible.
We've arranged the ants in sub-families, from the largest ants to the smallest in each. SIZE is the starting point for the ID of any ant: PLEASE PLEASE always indicate size wherever possible in your own ant obs!

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If you have any suggestions for improvements or changes to this catalogue please post your comments ...

19 Dec 2015
peter slingsby