Leptanilloides sp.
Reserva Otonga, Cotopaxi, Ecuador

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Leptanilloides ants are among the most poorly known insects in the world, probably due to their subterranean habits.  Notice the multiple constrictions of the gaster, diagnostic for this genus.

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.