Red legs and golden gasters: Batesian mimicry in australian ants

@article{Merrill2000RedLA,
  title={Red legs and golden gasters: Batesian mimicry in australian ants},
  author={D. N. Merrill and Mark A. Elgar},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2000},
  volume={87},
  pages={212-215}
}
Abstract There are numerous reports of invertebrates that are visual mimics of ants, but no formal reports of mimicry of an ant, by an ant. Two endemic Australian ants, Myrmecia fulvipes and Camponotus bendigensis are remarkably similar in colour and size; both are generally black but have red legs and golden gasters. The density and hue of the pubescence of each ant's gaster are relatively uncommon in ants, but are very rare when combined with the black forebody and red legs. The ants are… 

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