Lasius mixtus

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Lasius mixtus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. mixtus
Binomial name
Lasius mixtus
(Nylander, 1846)

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Specimen labels

This species nests deep in the ground often among shrub roots and under deep boulders, but occasionally also constructs mound nests of fine loose soil. Alatae fly in August and September and fertilised queens are thought to found fresh colonies through adoption by Lasius alienus and Lasius niger but actual recorded instances are very few or dubious. Dealate queens are often found wandering singly above ground in spring (Collingwood, 1979).

At a Glance • Temporary parasite  

 

Identification

Worker yellow to brownish yellow; funiculus segments 2 to 5 not longer than broad; scape broadly oval in cross section. Petiole low, narrowing to emarginate dorsal border. Body pubescence coarse but sparse. Body hairs short. longest gaster hairs less than one third maximum hind tibial width. Front tibiae and scape without erect hairs. occasionally present on hind tibiae. Length: 3.5-4.5 mm (Collingwood 1979).

Distribution

Throughout north Eurasia and subalpine regions of Central Europe (Collingwood 1979).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland (type locality), Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


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 Lasius fuliginosus (a temporary parasite).

Castes

Queen

Male

Nomenclature

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

  • mixtus. Formica mixta Nylander, 1846b: 1050 (w.q.m.) FINLAND. Combination in Lasius: Mayr, 1861: 50; in Donisthorpea: Donisthorpe, 1915d: 236; in Formicina: Emery, 1916b: 242; in Acanthomyops: Ruzsky, 1925b: 45; in Lasius (Chthonolasius): Ruzsky, 1914a: 59; Emery, 1925b: 234; Wilson, 1955a: 150. Subspecies of umbratus: Forel, 1874: 47; Mayr, 1886d: 430; Wheeler, W.M. 1904e: 305; Bondroit, 1910: 485; Emery, 1914d: 159; Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 528; Wheeler, W.M. 1917h: 167; Emery, 1922b: 13; Emery, 1925b: 234; Karavaiev, 1927c: 279. Status as species: André, 1882b: 196; Nasonov, 1889: 24; Ruzsky, 1902d: 15; Bondroit, 1912: 352; Donisthorpe, 1915d: 236; Emery, 1916b: 242; Bondroit, 1918: 32; Finzi, 1930d: 317; Stärcke, 1937: 52; Stitz, 1939: 295; Holgersen, 1940: 185; Novak & Sadil, 1941: 103. Junior synonym of umbratus: Wilson, 1955a: 150. Revived from synonymy and status as species: Collingwood, 1962: 219; Collingwood, 1963: 149; Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 80; Kutter, 1977c: 233; Collingwood, 1979: 106; Seifert, 1988: 145; Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 249. See also: Radchenko, 2007: 34.

Description

References

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