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Species: Aphaenogaster cockerelli   André, 1893 

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Novomessor cockerelli

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Aphaenogaster (Ischnomyrmex) cockerelli André, 1893b PDF: 150 (w.) MEXICO. AntCat AntWiki HOL


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

Distribution Notes:

USA: Southern CA, NV, AZ, TX, NM. MEXICO: Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Len.
(From Mackay and Mackay, 2002).


Habitat: Creosotebush scrub, in the most arid of habitats, fluff grass, open areas with annuals, usually at elevations below 1500 m.
This is the most common member of this genus in New Mexico. Nests are usually found in the soil with the entrance surrounded by a circle of pebbles with a diameter of about 50 cms. Even nests under stones usually have the entrance surrounded by pebbles. Most nests are found in rocky soil, although they may nest in sandy soils, even dunes. Individual foragers are usually found during early morning and evening, and occasionally during the night. Foraging occurs throughout the day during the cool part of the year or even on cloudy days during the summer. These ants are omnivorous. Prey usually consists of dead or dying insects, parts of plants and seeds. This species is very aggressive, but cannot sting; the bite is very fastidious when large numbers are attacking.

Wheeler, 1910; Wheeler and Creighton, 1934; Cole, 1934; Mallis, 1941; Cole 1953; Creighton, 1955; Whitford and Ettershank, 1975; Rodrguez, 1986; Rojas-Fernndez and Fragoso, 1994, 2000.

(From Mackay and Mackay, 2002).


This ant is easily distinguished, as it is a large, elongate species with long legs and two well-developed spines on the propodeum. Its elongate head usually distinguishes it from the closely related A. albisetosa, although the two species can be difficult to separate.
(From Mackay and Mackay, 2002).


Mackay, W.P. and Mackay, E.E. (2002). The ants of New Mexico (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Edwin Mullen Press, Lewiston: 400 pp.

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