Giant Red Bull Ant
Giant Brown Bull Ant
Toothless Bull Ant
Jumper Ant
Giant Jumper Ant
Gilden-tail Bull Ant 
Baby Bull Ant
Tree Ants 
Black Valentine Ant
Bicoloured Pennant Ant
Muscleman Tree-ant
Yellow Shield Ant
Brown Shield Ant 
Green-headed Ant
Green Metallic Ant
Michelin Ant
Painted Strobe Ant
Black-headed Sugar Ant
Banded Sugar Ant
Orange-tailed Sugar Ant
Golden-tailed Sugar Ant
Dark Brown Sugar Ant 
Small Brown Sugar Ant
Furnace Ant 
Large Purple Meat Ant
Red-headed Tyrant Ant
Black Tyrant Ant
Brown Tyrant Ant 
Red Spider Ant
Black Spider Ant
Large Dolly Ant
Small Dolly Ant
Spiny Dolly Ant 


Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae - Tree Ants

This page contains pictures and information about Tree Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

The ant subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae is a small group. This group contains only three genera. They are generally slender, wasp-like forms that forage solitarily and sting readily. The mesosoma is attached to the gaster by two distinct segments, the petiole and postpetiole . They are usually black in colour with elongated large eyes and short antenna. 
They are close to and have the similar body with those bull ants except they have short triangular jaws instead of long jaws. 
Tree Ants nest in hollow twigs of trees. They usually found on plants although they occasionally forage on ground near tree trunks.  

Black Tree Ant - Tetraponera punctulata

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Body length 15mm
This is the largest ant species that we found outside the Bulldog Ants subfamily. They are black in colour, have elongate, slender bodies and large, oval eyes. They usually found on leaves or tree trunks alone. 
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Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest on Nov 2007. 
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This ant is fairly common in Brisbane forests.  

1. Ants - subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae -, by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
2. Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae - Australian Ants Online, CSIRO Entomology, 2001.
3. Tetraponera spp. - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, 2005.
4. Tetraponera punctulata Smith, 1877 - Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Entomology, 2007.
5. Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification - S Shattuck, Natalie J Barnett, CSIRO, 1999, p208.

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