Formica rufa melanotica

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Formica rufa melanotica
Scientific classification (junior synonym of Formica obscuripes)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: Formica rufa melanotica
Creighton, 1940

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Formica obscuripes.


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

  • melanotica. Formica rufa subsp. melanotica Creighton, 1940a: 1, fig. 1 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. [First available use of Formica rufa subsp. obscuriventris var. melanotica Emery, 1893i: 650; unavailable name.] Junior synonym of obscuripes: Creighton, 1950a: 492.


  • Creighton, W. S. 1940a. A revision of the North American variants of the ant Formica rufa. Am. Mus. Novit. 1055: 1-10 (page 1, worker, queen, male described)
  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 492, junior synonym of obscuripes)