Formica opaciventris

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Formica opaciventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. opaciventris
Binomial name
Formica opaciventris
Emery, 1893

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Specimen labels

This is an uncommon and ecologically conservative grassland species (Trager, pers. comm.) that lives in soil mounds or mounds with some thatching. In New Mexico it is found in Sagebrush scrub and meadows up to the edge of forests (Mackay and Mackay 2002).

Identification

Workers can be recognized as the posterior border is concave as seen in full-face view, and the propodeum is somewhat angulate as seen in profile. The pronotum has several spatulate hairs and the mesonotum has a few short, bristly hairs. The dorsum of the gaster has many scattered, short, bristly hairs and has sparse, silver, appressed pubescence. This species would be considered a member of the microgyna group if the posterior border was not concave. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada, United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Habitat

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • opaciventris. Formica exsectoides var. opaciventris Emery, 1893i: 653 (w.m.) U.S.A. Gregg, 1952b: 14 (q.). Subspecies of exsectoides: Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 484. Raised to species: Creighton, 1950a: 514.

Description

References

  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 514, raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1893k. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamerikanischen Ameisenfauna. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 7: 633-682 (page 653, worker, male described)
  • Gregg, R. E. 1952b. The female of Formica opaciventris Emery (Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 59: 13-19 PDF (page 14, queen described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1913i. A revision of the ants of the genus Formica (Linné) Mayr. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 53: 379-565 (page 484, subspecies of exsectoides)