Veromessor lariversi

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Veromessor lariversi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Veromessor
Species: V. lariversi
Binomial name
Veromessor lariversi
(Smith, M.R., 1951)

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Specimen labels

Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) - V. lariversi nests in exposed sandy areas with mixed vegetation. The nest is surmounted by a cluster of craters 8-13 cm in diameter. The workers are nocturnal, soft-bodied, slow-gaited, and timid. "One very populous colony, comprising more than 1,000 workers, was studied. The nest was on a slight slope, covered an area of about four square meters, and was marked by nine, small, uncovered entrances without surrounding craters. The galleries formed a labyrinth in the very hot, dry compact sand and extended to chambers approximately twenty-two inches from the soil surface" (Cole, 1955:51).

Identification

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Key to Veromessor species

Distribution

Nevada and eastern California.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).
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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Veromessor lariversi for further details


Biology

Nevada, Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) - We have 54 records from 34 localities in the southern, western, and northwestern parts of the state; the distribution is sporadic but the species may be locally very abundant; 2,600-7,000 ft. Three records are from the Hot Desert and 31 from the Cool Desert (12 of these from Sarcobatus Subclimax and 15 from disturbed areas). Nearly all nests were in sandy soil. Craters (Fig. 23) were 5-10 cm in diameter; half-craters (as common as craters) were mostly 8 cm in diameter. In 1 nest we found Puto sp. probably atriplicis McKenzie (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae; det. D.R. Miller, 1972) 12 mi. N Gerlach (Washoe Co.) 4,100 ft.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • lariversi. Veromessor lariversi Smith, M.R. 1951c: 94 (w.) U.S.A. Cole, 1955c: 52 (q.); Cole, 1963: 680 (m.). Combination in Messor: Bolton, 1982: 341; in Veromessor: Ward et al., 2014: 13.

Description

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