Dolichoderus gordoni , Shattuck, Steven O. & Marsden, Sharon, 2013

Shattuck, Steven O. & Marsden, Sharon, 2013, Australian species of the ant genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 3716 (2), pp. 101-143: 120

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Dolichoderus gordoni

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Dolichoderus gordoni  sp. n.

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Types. Holotype worker from Fletcher, 28 ° 46 'S 151 ° 51 'E, Queensland, E. Sutton (ANIC, ANIC 32 -066637); 18 paratype workers, same data as holotype except ANIC 32 - 061389 (15 in ANIC, 3 in MCZC).

Diagnosis. Pronotum and propodeum with elongate spines; the short pronotal spines are directed anteriorly and approximately parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body, in dorsal view a line drawn between their tips intersects the pronotal collar; the first gastral tergite generally lacking hairs, but with a few scattered, very small appressed hairs.

This species is most similar to D. etus  and D. doriae  . They differ in that D. gordoni  lacks fine pubescence on the first gastral tergite but has a few scattered, very small appressed hairs. In addition, the overall colour of the body is a lighter red-brown, rather than a dark brown-black. Additionally, variation in pronotal spine length is displayed between D. gordoni  and D. etus  . Dolichoderus gordoni  appears to have shorter, straighter pronotal spines, whereas D. etus  has long spines with a distinct curve near the base of the spine. Spine length between D. gordoni  and D. doriae  appear similar.

Worker description. See Fig. 12 View Figure . All available material is similar to the figured individual.

Measurements (n= 5). CI 99–100; EI 17–19; EL 0.27–0.31; HL 1.60–1.66; HW 1.59–1.64; ML 2.46–2.61; MTL – 1.75 – 1.71; PronI 67.30–71.06; PronW 1.07–1.15; SI 103–108; SL 1.64–1.77.

Comments. This species is known from a single collection from a forested area of extreme south-eastern Queensland. Nothing is known concerning its biology.