Leptothorax pocahontas

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Leptothorax pocahontas
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Leptothorax
Species: L. pocahontas
Binomial name
Leptothorax pocahontas
(Buschinger, 1979)

This rare species is known from only a handful of collections from Alberta, Canada. It was originally thought to be a social parasite but is now known to be free-living. However, queens show striking variability in size, pilosity, sculpture and coloration, the meaning of which remains to be explained (Buschinger & Heinze, 1993).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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.

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.




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

  • pocahontas. Doronomyrmex pocahontas Buschinger, 1979b: 216, figs. 1-4, 7 (q.) CANADA. Buschinger & Heinze, 1993: 428 (w.m.). Included in Leptothorax: Heinze, 1998: 195 (combination not stated); combination in Leptothorax: Bolton, 2003: 270.



  • n = 18 (Canada) (Fischer, 1987; Buschinger & Heinze, 1993) (as Doronomyrmex pocahontas).