Formica adamsi alpina

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Formica adamsi alpina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. adamsi
Subspecies: F. adamsi alpina
Trinomial name
Formica adamsi alpina
Wheeler, W.M., 1909

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Specimen labels

Nests are found under stones and logs (as well as in logs), usually banked with thatching, or simply in thatched nests. Reproductives were collected in nests from July to September. This species enslaves Formica neorufibarbis. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)

Identification

Workers have at least a few blunt tipped or spatulate hairs on the dorsum of the pronotum. The scapes, underside of the head, and petiole lack erect hairs. The gaster has only a few erect hairs, and the surfaces are sparsely covered with silver, appressed pubescence. The head and mesosoma are red, the gaster black. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 48.68318° to 31.92°.

   
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • alpina. Formica adamsi var. alpina Wheeler, W.M. 1909e: 85 (w.) U.S.A. Subspecies of whymperi: Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 544; Creighton, 1950a: 509; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1463. Relationship with densiventris: Cole, 1954a: 89. Subspecies of adamsi: Bolton, 1995b: 191.

Description

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