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Species: Aphaenogaster albisetosa   Mayr, 1886 

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Note: Not a Valid Taxon Name

Current Valid Name:

Novomessor albisetosus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Aphaenogaster albisetosa Mayr, 1886d PDF: 446 (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxon Page Images:

Aphaenogaster albisetosa foraging workers (Portal, Arizona, USA).
Image copyright Alex Wild.


  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Distribution Notes:

USA: TX, AZ (collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.); NM: Catron Co., Catwalk, Frisco Hot Springs, 20k N Glenwood, Eddy Co., 12 mi N Carlsbad, 10 mi S Carlsbad, Last Chance Canyon (fossil); MEXICO: Chihuahua
(From Mackay and Mackay, 2002).


Habitat: Areas ranging from Chihuahuan Desert to oak forests. When it is found in arid ecosystems, it is usually found in the bottoms of arroyos or in areas near water. The soil is often rocky with boulders. Nests are usually found under stones with the entrance surrounded by gravel.
Wheeler 1910; Cole 1934; Creighton 1955.
(From Mackay and Mackay, 2002).


Aphaenogaster albisetosa can be distinguished from all other Aphaenogaster in New Mexico, except A. cockerelli, by the elongate body, long legs and well-developed spines on the propodeum. Most workers can be distinguished from the closely related A. cockerelli as it has a less elongate head. Specimens of these two species are often difficult to separate.
(Modified from Mackay and Mackay, 2002).

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