Formica microphthalma

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Formica microphthalma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. microphthalma
Binomial name
Formica microphthalma
Francoeur, 1973

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Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

California and western Nevada.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Nevada, Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) - Our 7 records represent 3 localities near Lake Tahoe. All were in the Coniferous Forest Biome. One nest was under a stone; another was exposed and surmounted by a 23-cm crater around a 25-mm entrance.

This species is a host for the ant Polyergus mexicanus (a slave maker).

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • microphthalma. Formica microphthalma Francoeur, 1973: 201, figs. 344-359 (w.m.) U.S.A.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Francoeur 1973. Figures 344-359.

References

  • Francoeur, A. 1973. Révision taxonomique des espèces néarctiques du groupe fusca, genre Formica (Formicidae, Hymenoptera). Mém. Soc. Entomol. Qué. 3: 1-316 (page 201, figs. 344-359 worker, male described)
  • Wheeler, G. C. and J. Wheeler. 1986. The ants of Nevada. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles.