Formica adamsi whymperi

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Formica adamsi whymperi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. adamsi
Subspecies: F. adamsi whymperi
Trinomial name
Formica adamsi whymperi
Wheeler, W.M., 1917

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Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 49.25° to 36.71667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality), United States.
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Distribution based on AntMaps


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.

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.


Colonies are rather small. The nests are under stones and logs, which are banked with detritus. Hosts for F. whymperi have been Formica neoclara and Formica neorufibarbis.

Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a prey for the Microdon fly Microdon cothurnatus (a predator) (Quevillon, 2018).
  • This species is a prey for the Microdon fly Microdon piperi (a predator) (Quevillon, 2018).



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

  • whymperi. Formica whymperi Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 544 (w.) CANADA. [First available use of Formica rufa r. obscuripes var. whymperi Forel, 1904a: 152; unavailable name.] Material of the unavailable name pullula referred here: Creighton, 1950a: 509. Senior synonym of californica: Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986g: 15. Currently subspecies of adamsi (as the latter name has priority over whymperi): Bolton, 1995b: 206).
  • californica. Formica microgyna subsp. californica Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 543 (w.) U.S.A. Subspecies of whymperi and material of the unavailable name hybrida referred here: Creighton, 1950a: 510. Junior synonym of whymperi: Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986g: 15.



  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 104: 1-585 (page 509, Material of the unavailable name pullula referred here.)
  • Forel, A. 1904b. Fourmis de British Columbia récoltées par M. Ed. Whymper. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 48: 152-155 (page 152, First available use of Formica rufa r. obscuripes var. whymperi; unavailable name.)
  • Wheeler, G. C. and J. Wheeler. 1986. The ants of Nevada. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles.
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1986g. The ants of Nevada. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, vii + 138 pp. (page 15, Senior synonym of californica)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1917a. The mountain ants of western North America. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 52: 457-569 (page 544, worker described)