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Brown Shield Ant - Meranoplus sp. 

Subfamily Myrmicinae 

This page contains pictures and information about Brown Shield Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 5mm
The Brown Shield Ants build their nest on ground in soil with one small entrance with a mound of dirt around. They are slow moving. They usually foraging on ground. They retract their legs and curl form a ball when disturbed. They are generalist scavengers and seeds collectors. 
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Pictures taken in Karawatha Forest, August 2007.
The genus Meranoplus can be distinguished by the top surface of the mesosoma form a board shield with short but sharp spiny edges project outwards.

1. Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S Shattuck, Natalie J Barnett, CSIRO, 1999, p141.
2. Holy shield ant- Meranoplus fenestratus - PaDIL, Pests and Diseases Image Library, 2009 

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