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Species: Aphaenogaster mariae   Forel, 1886 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Aphaenogaster mariae Forel, 1886b PDF: 4 (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Combination in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster): Emery, 1895d PDF: 301; in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921c: 58.

Taxon Page Images:

An Aphaenogaster mariae worker adds soil to liquid food resource to serve as a "sponge" for transporting the food back to her nest. This curious behavior is typical of many North American Aphaenogaster species. (Urbana, Illinois, USA).
Image copyright Alex Wild.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic

Distribution Notes:

NEARCTIC: USA

Biology:

Mesic forest, oak woodland

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 47 times found in nest in dead hardwood tree, 33 times found in bottomland hardwood forest, 8 times found in open area on ridge in mixed forest, 6 times found in on ridge in mixed forest, 2 times found in base of Quercus falcata var. pagodafolia in mixed woods, 1 times found in base of Quercus alba in upland hardwood forest, 1 times found in sandhill/bluffs, 1 times found in base of Quercus sp., 1 times found in upland hardwood forest, 1 times found in crawling on bark of Quercus pagodafolia in open area on ridge in mixed forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times soil and litter, 2 times litter, 1 times soil, 1 times Sifted leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times peanut butter on hardwoods, 9 times peanut butter bait on Carya sp., 8 times peanut butter on Quercus rubra, 8 times peanut butter bait on Quercus pagodafolia, 6 times Berlese funnel, 6 times peanut butter bait on Quercus velutina, 4 times peanut butter on Carya sp., 3 times peanut butter on Quercus sp., 3 times Lindgren funnel trap, 3 times peanut butter bait on Quercus sp., 1 times general collecting, ...

Elevations: collected at 360 m

Type specimens: Lectotype of Aphaenogaster mariae: casent0907688



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