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Species: Lasius (Lasius) alienus   (Foerster, 1850) 

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Lasius alienus_cf

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica aliena Foerster, 1850a: 36 (w.m.) GERMANY. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Lasius americanus, Lasius pannonica and material of the unavailable names Lasius alienoamericanus, Lasius flavidus, Lasius turkmenus referred here: Wilson, 1955a PDF: 77.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Canada, United States
    Asia: China, Iran
    Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Palearctic
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Nearctic, Palearctic bioregions

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Lasius alienus   Forel, A., 1890, Fourmis de Tunisie et de l'Algérie orientale., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique, Comptes-rendus des Seances 34, pp. 61-76: 67, (download) 67 3926
Lasius alienus   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 97-98, (download) 97-98 6175
Lasius alienus   Paknia, O., Radchenko, A. & Alipanah, H., 2008, A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Iran., Myrmecologische Nachrichten 11, pp. 151-159: 155, (download) 155 21820
Lasius alienus   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008
Lasius alienus   Forel, A., 1894, Les formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part IV. Adjonction aux genres Camponotus, Mayr., et Polyrhachis, Shuck., Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 8, pp. 396-420: 404, (download) 404 3951
Lasius alienus nov. sp.  Andre, E., 1887, Description de quelques fourmis nouvelles ou imparfaitement connues., Revista de Entomologia 6, pp. 280-298: 288, (download) 288 6877

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 124 times found in Unknown, 52 times found in Rocks (rocky-calcareous grasslands), 34 times found in pine flatwoods, 28 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 21 times found in open hardwood forest, 18 times found in beech-maple forest, 17 times found in nest in stump, brood and females in nest, mixed hardwood/pine forest, 15 times found in heathlands, 15 times found in pine/hardwood forest, 13 times found in bottomland hardwood forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 88 times under rock, 81 times litter, 21 times log stage 4, 17 times under stone, 7 times nest under rock, 8 times log stage 3, 8 times under log, 7 times log stage 2, 5 times log stage 5, 1 times leaf litter on river shore, 5 times under boulder, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 95 times pitfall trap, 96 times Berlese funnel, 44 times general collecting, 16 times hand collecting, 13 times Manual catch, 12 times search, 6 times Hand, 3 times Malaise trap, 3 times Berlese, 2 times bait trap, 2 times by hand, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 3170 meters, 1651 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Formica aliena: casent0915591; type of Formica aliena: focol0754

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