Veromessor lariversi

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Veromessor lariversi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Veromessor
Species: V. lariversi
Binomial name
Veromessor lariversi
(Smith, M.R., 1951)

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Specimen labels

Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) - V. lariversi nests in exposed sandy areas with mixed vegetation. The nest is surmounted by a cluster of craters 8-13 cm in diameter. The workers are nocturnal, soft-bodied, slow-gaited, and timid. "One very populous colony, comprising more than 1,000 workers, was studied. The nest was on a slight slope, covered an area of about four square meters, and was marked by nine, small, uncovered entrances without surrounding craters. The galleries formed a labyrinth in the very hot, dry compact sand and extended to chambers approximately twenty-two inches from the soil surface" (Cole, 1955:51).


Identification Keys including this Taxon

Key to Veromessor species


Nevada and eastern California.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 40.36166667° to 35.295131°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Nevada, Wheeler and Wheeler (1986) - We have 54 records from 34 localities in the southern, western, and northwestern parts of the state; the distribution is sporadic but the species may be locally very abundant; 2,600-7,000 ft. Three records are from the Hot Desert and 31 from the Cool Desert (12 of these from Sarcobatus Subclimax and 15 from disturbed areas). Nearly all nests were in sandy soil. Craters (Fig. 23) were 5-10 cm in diameter; half-craters (as common as craters) were mostly 8 cm in diameter. In 1 nest we found Puto sp. probably atriplicis McKenzie (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae; det. D.R. Miller, 1972) 12 mi. N Gerlach (Washoe Co.) 4,100 ft.



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

  • lariversi. Veromessor lariversi Smith, M.R. 1951c: 94 (w.) U.S.A. Cole, 1955c: 52 (q.); Cole, 1963: 680 (m.). Combination in Messor: Bolton, 1982: 341; in Veromessor: Ward et al., 2014: 13.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Cole A. C. Jr. 1955. Studies of Nevada ants. I. Notes on Veromessor lariversi M. R. Smith and a description of the queen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 30: 51-52.
  • Johnson R. Personnal Database. Accessed on February 5th 2014 at
  • La Rivers I. 1968. A first listing of the ants of Nevada. Biological Society of Nevada, Occasional Papers 17: 1-12.
  • Smith M. R. 1951. Two new ants from western Nevada (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Great Basin Naturalist 11: 91-96.
  • Wheeler G. C., and J. Wheeler. 1986. The ants of Nevada. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, vii + 138 pp.