South Australian Museum Staff
Archie McArthur (OAM)
- Honorary Research Associate
- Terrestrial Invertebrates
Archie has concentrated on the taxonomy of the ant genus Camponotus. He has mounted and classified ants from over 5000 localities in Australia resulting in the collection of Camponotus in the South Australian Museum being the most significant in Australia and has collected ants from most Australian habitats.
Archie has constructed keys for the identification of Camponotus ants in Australia and has published on the importance of Camponotus ants in helping restore vegetation on disturbed sites. He has studied the similarity of some Australian and African ants. He helped discover new populations of the dinosaur ant Nothomyrmecia macrops along the Eyre Highway, previous only known from Poochera in Eyre Peninsula.
Major Publications: (Top 5)
McArthur, A. J. and Adams, M. (1996). A Morphological and Molecular Review of Camponotus nigriceps Group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 10: 1-46.
McArthur, A. J., Adams, M. and Shattuck, S.O. (1997) A Morphological and Molecular Review of Camponotus terebrans (Lowne) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Journal of Zoology, 45: 579-598.
McArthur, A. J. and Shuttuck, S. O. (2001).A Taxonomic Revision Of The Camponotus Macrocephalus Species Group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society South Australia, 125 (1) 25-43
Shuttuck, S. O. and McArthur, A. J. (2002).A Taxonomic Revision Of The Camponotus wiederkehri and perjurus Species Groups (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Transactions of the Royal Society South Australia, 126 (2) 63-90.
McArthur A. J. & Leys, R. (2006)_: A morphological and molecular study of some species in the Camponotus maculatus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia and Africa, with a description of a new Australian species.