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Species: Aphaenogaster tennesseensis   (Mayr, 1862) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Atta tennesseensis Mayr, 1862 PDF: 743 (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b PDF: 30.
in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster): Emery, 1895d PDF: 301; in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921c PDF: 60.
Senior synonym of Aphaenogaster subrubra: Mayr, 1886c PDF: 365; of Aphaenogaster laevis: Mayr, 1886d PDF: 446; of Aphaenogaster ecalcaratum: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 151.

Taxon Page Images:

Aphaenogaster tenneessensis queen & worker (Champaign, Illinois). 
Image copyright Alex Wild.


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

Distribution Notes:



Mesic forest, oak woodland

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 21 times found in in dead portion of Acer rubrum trunk, 18 times found in nest in crotch of Quecus sp. in open sandy, pine/oak forest, 15 times found in hardwood forest, 14 times found in mesic hardwood forest, 13 times found in open sandy, pine/oak forest, 9 times found in crawling on Quercus sp. in open sandy, pine/oak forest, 8 times found in open hardwood forest, 8 times found in beech maple forest, 0 times found in in magnolia, cypress, beech, oak forest near spring fed creek, 4 times found in Beech-maple forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times log stage 4, 4 times log stage 3, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times nests under bark of dead and down tree, 3 times log stage 2, 1 times trailing into crack, 1 times strays, 1 times nest in stump, brood & sexuals in nest, 1 times strays; Prenolepis nest in soil, 1 times rock outcrop, 1 times roadside, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 21 times general collecting, 14 times peanut butter on trees, 13 times peanut butter bait on Quercus sp., 13 times direct collection, 1 times hand collecting, 2 times search, 1 times Winkler, 2 times hand collected, 1 times Pitfall, 1 times soil/litter.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1463 meters, 400 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Atta tennesseensis: casent0916081; type of Atta tenneseensis: focol1230

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