Pogonomyrmex colei

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Pogonomyrmex colei
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Pogonomyrmecini
Genus: Pogonomyrmex
Species group: barbatus
Species: P. colei
Binomial name
Pogonomyrmex colei
Snelling, R.R., 1982

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Specimen Label

A workerless inquiline within the nests of .

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  




Southern Nevada and central Arizona.

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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The genome of P. colei was sequenced for a study examining how this and other parasitic ants with no worker caste may have altered their genome to arrive at a workerless state. In comparison to ants with a full complement of castes, there appeared to be no loss of genes in the parasitic ants. This suggests regulatory differences and not sequence differences predominate in gains and losses of castes (phenotypes). (Smith et al. 2015)



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

  • colei. Pogonomyrmex (Pogonomyrmex) colei Snelling, R.R. 1982a: 99, figs. 1-11 (q.m.) U.S.A. See also: Rissing, 1983: 321; Johnson, R.A., Parker & Rissing, 1996: 69.