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  

 

Identification

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 48.433° to 43.508°.

 
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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.

Description

References

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