Formica hayashi

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Formica hayashi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. hayashi
Binomial name
Formica hayashi
Terayama & Hashimoto, 1996

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Common Name
Hayashi-kuroyama-ari
Language: Japanese

This species is common in mountainous areas, especially in Baekdudaegan, Korea (Dong & Kim, 2019). Within Japan, this species is abundant at woodland margins from low elevations to mountainous regions. In southern Kyushu it penetrates grassland areas and is more abundant there than Formica japonica. It nests under stones or other covering material. The nuptial flight occurs 2 to 3 weeks later than in F. japonica (Japanese Ant Image Database).


Photo Gallery

  • Worker of Formica hayashi from Baekdudaegan, Korea. Photo by Minsoo Dong.

Identification

Males of this species can be distinguished from the morphologically similar Formica japonica by the following characteristics (Terayama & Hashimoto, 1996; Dong & Kim, 2019):

  • Posterolateral corners of head rounded in frontal view.
  • Antennal scape long.
  • Absence of erect hairs on the 2nd gastral tergites excepting a row of hairs on the posterior margin.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

This species is a host for the ant Polyergus samurai (a slave maker) (a relatively rare host).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • hayashi. Formica hayashi Terayama & Hashimoto, 1996: 4, figs. 8-12 (w.) JAPAN.

Description

References

Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University 59(1), 71–76.

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