Myrmica alaskensis

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Myrmica alaskensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. alaskensis
Binomial name
Myrmica alaskensis
Wheeler, W.M., 1917

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Specimen labels


A boreal species widespread across northern North America, this species is a host for the xenobiotic ant Formicoxenus quebecensis and the workerless inquilines Myrmica lampra and Myrmica quebecensis.

At a Glance • Polygynous  



Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada, United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • alaskensis. Myrmica brevinodis var. alaskensis Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 503 (w.) U.S.A. Junior synonym of kuschei: Creighton, 1950a: 97; of brevinodis: Weber, 1950b: 189; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 789. Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of kuschei: Francoeur, 1986b: 57.
  • kuschei. Myrmica brevinodis var. kuschei Wheeler, W.M. 1917e: 17 (w.q.) U.S.A. Subspecies of brevinodis: Weber, 1950b: 197. Raised to species: Francoeur, 1977b: 206. Subspecies of incompleta: Smith, D.R. 1979: 1349. Junior synonym of alaskensis: Francoeur, 1986b: 57.



  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 97, Junior synonym of kuschei)
  • Francoeur, A. 1986c. Supplément aux fourmis de la presqu'île de Forillon, Gaspé-est, Québec (Formicides, Hyménoptères). Fabreries 12: 56-58 (page 57, Revived from synonymy, raised to species, and senior synonym of kuschei)
  • Higgins, R. J. and B. S. Lindgren. 2015. Seral changes in ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) assemblages in the sub-boreal forests of British Columbia. Insect Conservation and Diversity. 8:337-347. doi:10.1111/icad.12112
  • Smith, M. R. 1951c. Family Formicidae. Pp. 778-875 in: Muesebeck, C. F., Krombein, K. V., Townes, H. K. (eds.) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico. Synoptic catalogue. U. S. Dep. Agric. Agric. Monogr. 2:1-1420. (page 789, Junior synonym of brevinodis)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1917a. The mountain ants of western North America. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 52: 457-569 (page 503, M. brevinodis var. alaskensis; worker described)