Singapore Ant (species: Trichomyrmex destructor) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Trichomyrmex destructor
Singapore Ant
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera
Family Formicidae
Genus Trichomyrmex
Species Trichomyrmex destructor

Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 0.2 cm (Length) - applies to workers
  • Up to 0.4 cm (Length) - applies to queen


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


QPWS ranger Warwick told LIRS on 14 Oct 2015 that many of these ants have been found at the resort for the first time. They are chewing through electrical wiring and causing problems there. The large number indicates that they have been there for some time. The ant is transported easily with building and landscaping materials. LIRS has had no problems with electrical wiring to date, indicating that the ants are not here yet. CSIRO Ant Ecologist Dr Ben Hoffmann surveyed the LIRS lease soon afterwards and noted no sign of the species.

by Anne Hoggett

On 18 May 2018, QPWS officers advised that the species is now thought to be Trichomyrmex mayri by Ben Hoffmann, not Trichomyrmex destructor.

by Anne Hoggett

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