Myrmica detritinodis

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Myrmica detritinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. detritinodis
Binomial name
Myrmica detritinodis
Emery, 1921

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Lecotytype Specimen Label

In Maine, Ouellette et al. (2010) found Myrmica detritinodis to be one of the most abundantly encountered ant species and codominate with Lasius americanus within the deciduous and coniferous forest, scrub/shrub, and rocky outcrop habitats. It is common throughout Maine in strip-clearcut and dense spruce-fir forest habitats, often nesting within rotting conifer logs and stumps (Krombein et al. 1979, Jennings et al. 1986, Lough 1997) and under rocks (Ouellette et al. 2010).


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 55.15° to 23.34616667°.

Tropical South

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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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.



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. Owned by Museum of Comparative Zoology.
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. Owned by Museum of Comparative Zoology.
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. Owned by Museum of Comparative Zoology.


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

  • detritinodis. Myrmica scabrinodis var. detritinodis Emery, 1921f: 40 (w.) U.S.A. [First available use of Myrmica rubra subsp. scabrinodis var. detritinodis Emery, 1895c: 316; unavailable name.] Junior synonym of fracticornis: Weber, 1948a: 276; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 790 (misspelled as detrinodis). Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Ouellette, et al. 2010: 1450.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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