(Smith, M.R., 1951)
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).
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Nevada and eastern California.
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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.
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.
- Bolton, B. 1982. Afrotropical species of the myrmecine ant genera Cardiocondyla, Leptothorax, Melissotarsus, Messor and Cataulacus (Formicidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology, 46: 307-370 (page 341, Combination in Messor)
- Cole, A.C.,Jr. 1955c. Studies of Nevada ants. 1. Notes on Veromessor lariversi M.R. Smith and a description of the queen. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 30: 51-52. [(31).i.1955.] PDF
- Cole, A. C., Jr. 1963a. A new species of Veromessor from the Nevada Test Site and notes on related species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 56: 678-682 (page 680, queen, male described)
- Smith, M. R. 1951d. Two new ants from western Nevada (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Great Basin Nat. 11: 91-96 PDF(page 94, worker described)
- Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. 2014. The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/syen.12090
- Wheeler, G. C. and J. Wheeler. 1986. The ants of Nevada. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles.