Pseudoponera tridenta

Care

Pseudoneoponera are a type of ponerine ants that inhabit the rainforests of singapore. Due to their need for a very specific climate, they are not commonly found in urban areas or parks. Replicating their ideal climate in captivity takes some skill but it is not impossible.

They can be housed in a standard test tube set up in a tank with substrate or a plaster or aerated concrete formicarium.

The substrate should ideally be clayey and moist at all times as they require high humidity. They will benefit having a large outworld as they hunt alone and cover plenty of ground.

The queen is semi-claustral during her founding stage so she requires feeding daily. Cut up mealworms pieces are strongly recommended as part of their diet. Like most other ponerinae ants, they will not require honey or sugary foods.

Specialties

This species shines on their massive size and unique hunting abilities. They are capable of spraying venom foam from their gasters when threatened to trap prey or a potential threat. Due to their nocturnal habits they ate not usually seen foraging throughout the day.

In the wild, their colony sizes tend to be small and not more than 50 workers. However in captivity, if conditions are favourable, they are known to exceed that number. The genus Pseudoneoponera most depends on gamergates.

Tridenta and rufipes are one of the few Pseudoneoponera species that have queens and fortunately both can be found in Singapore.

As mentioned that they have gamergates, usually the most dominant worker of the colony takes up the role of egg-laying. An infertile gamergate lays haploid eggs that develop into drones. The drone then proceeds to impregnate it’s mother or sisters. Once fertile, the gamergate will lay diploid eggs that develop into new workers.

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