Oligomyrmex sp.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Major and minor workers of an Oligomyrmex species.  Minor workers of Oligomyrmex are among the world's smallest ants.  The ants pictured here, like many tropical rainforest insects, belong to a species that has not yet been described by scientists.  

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park
13 km WNW Lockhart River
26.viii.2004, 12º45S 143º13'E, 50m
Rainforest, ex rotting log.
#AW2537, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.