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|Senior synonym of Aphaenogaster subterranea valida: Shattuck & Cover, 2016 10.11646/zootaxa.4175.1.2 PDF: 13.|
A queen Aphaenogaster occidentalis in the nest (Blodgett Forest, California, USA).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 25 times found in oak woodland, 7 times found in pine forest, 2 times found in Riparian woodland around stream; mostly Acer grandidentata, abundant Rubus parviflorus in understory., 13 times found in shrub steppe, 11 times found in redwood forest, 8 times found in conifer forest, 9 times found in Deciduous thicket, 9 times found in chaparral, 8 times found in Ponderosa pine forest, 6 times found in pine/fir woodland, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 68 times under stone, 88 times under rock, 13 times nest under stone, 13 times nest under rock, 7 times ex sifted leaf litter, 6 times ground forager(s), 8 times leaf litter, 5 times nest under P. menziesii logs, 4 times under rocks, 4 times nocturnal foragers, 6 times sifted litter, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 94 times Search, 54 times hand collecting, 23 times Bay Area Ant Survey (BAAS), 29 times aspirated, 3 times pitfall trap, 9 times direct collection, 6 times Davis sifter, 6 times winkler, 2 times hand coll., 1 times Winkler sifter, 1 times Bay Area Ant Survey (BAAS), collected via trap 2-3 inches, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 3565 meters, 1218 meters average