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|Subspecies of Aphaenogaster picea as this name made available first (Aphaenogaster picea entered as subspecies of Aphaenogaster rudis in Creighton, 1950a PDF: 147), and hence is senior name: Bolton, 1995b: 72.|
Natural History: See account for A. fulva -- I am unable to say any thing that clearly distinguishes this ant from A. fulva behaviorally, but ecologically, it may be more restricted to mesic sites.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 0 times found in under bark & decaying wood, 11 times found in on sand dunes, 10 times found in Beech-maple forest, 6 times found in mixed hardwood forest, 5 times found in mixed deciduous forest, 4 times found in pasture, 1 times found in riparian mixed hardwood forest, 0 times found in rest area, 2 times found in Basswood-maple forest, 2 times found in beech maple forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 12 times under rock, 8 times log stage 4, 7 times log stage 5, 1 times nests under bark of dead and down tree, 3 times under wood, 3 times log stage 3, 2 times ground foragers, 2 times under stone, 2 times rotting log, 1 times leaf mold, 1 times in root of Tulip tree, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 11 times general collecting, 1 times hand collecting, 4 times pitfall trap, 3 times direct collection, 2 times search, 1 times Berlese, 1 times hand collected.
Elevations: collected from 15 - 2134 meters, 584 meters average