Wheeler, W.M., 1913
This species can be recognized as there are few hairs on the tibiae, where they are restricted to two rows on the flexor surface. The gaster is covered with short, bristly hairs, in which the distance between the tips is less than the lengths of the hairs. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)
Keys including this Species
United States. Utah and Colorado.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
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Found in open prairies up to ponderosa pine forests. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)
Nest site selected in areas of moderate to sparse cover. Nest begun under log or stone with many of the passages running into the soil. Moderate use made of thatching, often little of this visible on the outside of the nest. Large domes or heaps of thatching rarely produced (Creighton, 1940).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- mucescens. Formica truncicola subsp. mucescens Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 442 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. Subspecies of rufa: Creighton, 1940a: 3. Raised to species: Creighton, 1950a: 491.
- Creighton, W. S. 1940a. A revision of the North American variants of the ant Formica rufa. Am. Mus. Novit. 1055: 1-10 PDF
- Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 491, raised to species)
- Mackay, W. P. and E. Mackay. 2002. The ants of New Mexico (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY.
- Wheeler, W. M. 1913i. A revision of the ants of the genus Formica (Linné) Mayr. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 53: 379-565 (page 442, worker, queen, male described)