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Iridomyrmex purpureus, also known as meat ants, meat-eater ants or gravel ants are an ant species found throughout Australia. These ants form underground nests and reach colony sizes up to 65,000 individuals.

Iridomyrmex purpureus is so prolific due, in part, to its reluctance to compete with members of the same species; nests often become joined and from a supercolony. Colonies are often expanded by reproductive females traveling only a short distance from the parent nest and establishing satellite colonies.

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