|At a Glance||• Temporary parasite|
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
The scape and tibiae of this species are almost without erect hairs, except for a few scattered bristles on the flexor surface of the tibiae. Erect hairs are sparse, but include a few scattered hairs on the clypeus, up to six erect hairs on the dorsum of the head, up three erect hairs on the ventral surface of the head, erect hairs scattered on the dorsum of the mesosoma, on the petiole, and on all surfaces of the gaster. Many of the hairs areunt tipped, especially those on the pronotum. The head, mesosoma, petiole, and appendages are reddish-brown with infuscation on the upper surfaces, the gaster is dark brown. All surfaces are dull and punctate.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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This species is likely to be a temporary parasite of another species of Formica, but its host is unknown.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- indianensis. Formica indianensis Cole, 1940: 224 (w.m.) U.S.A.
It is possible that it will be shown to be a synonym of Formica postoculata when more material of both species becomes available. Both F. postoculata and F. indianensis may be synonyms of F. difficilis.
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Carroll T. M. 2011. The ants of Indiana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Master's Thesis Purdue university, 385 pages.
- Cole A. C., Jr. 1940. A new ant from Indiana. American Midland Naturalist 23: 224-226.