Leptothorax paraxenus

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Leptothorax paraxenus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Leptothorax
Species: L. paraxenus
Binomial name
Leptothorax paraxenus
Heinze & Alloway, 1992

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Specimen Labels

This species is a workerless inquiline of Leptothorax sp. B. Queens live in the nest of a different ant species, have no workers and are entirely dependent on their hosts for food. The queens produce eggs that are cared for and raised to maturity by the host workers.

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • paraxenus. Leptothorax paraxenus Heinze & Alloway, 1992: 195, figs. 1-4 (q.m.) CANADA.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Heinze J., and T. M. Alloway. 1992. Leptothorax paraxenus n. sp., a workerless social parasite from North America (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 98: 195-206.
  • Heinze, J. 1995. The Origin of Workerless Parasites in Leptothorax (S. Str.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 102 (3-4) :195-214