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ANeT Ant Course (15th to 17th November 2023) 


ANet Ant Course (15th to 17th November 2023)

ANet Ant Course is a workshop that includes three modules:

(1) Systematic ants sampling and biodiversity assessment,

(2) Ants’ identification based on Borneo Ant Keys to Genus Level, and

(3) Ants’ curation and deposition in BORNEENSIS collections.


It is a unique opportunity to acquire training with world class ants’ experts. Lectures and laboratory practice emphasise classification, identification of ant genera, collection techniques in tropical rainforests. Field excursion focused on teaching skills such as collecting and sampling, live colony capture and field experimentation techniques. Associated lab work focuses on specimen preparation, sorting, labelling and data deposition in BORNEENSIS ants’ collections.


This course will provide students with an appreciation of the following:

Diversity, Ecology and Behaviour of Borneo ants

Field Sampling and Collecting techniques

Use of Borneo ants’ identification keys

Curating Ants into BORNEENSIS collection

Widening your ASEAN ants’ networks


2023 Instructors:

  • Prof. Hashimoto Yoshiaki (University of Hyogo)

  • Prof. Seiki Yamane (Kagoshima University)

  • Prof. Simon Robson (Central Queensland University)

  • Prof. Ito Fuminori (Kagawa University)

  • Dr. Shingo Hosoishi (Kyushu University)

  • Dr. Riou Mizuno (Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology)

ANet Ant Course Schedule 2023

  • 8 hrs SLT (Student Learning Times) field sampling and ecological field experimentations

  • 6 hrs SLT lectures (3 hrs on ecology and evolution lectures, 3 hrs on taxonomy, identification and museum collections)

  • 8 hrs SLT students practicals (sorting, pinning, identification and curating ants)


Important Notes on using samples from ANet Ant Course for Research Purposes 

If you wish to use the ant samples collected for research in or outside Sabah, individual researcher needs to apply for Access Permit (utilizing samples in Sabah) and Export Permit (export samples outside Sabah in any form). The procedure for permits application can be found here

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