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Species: Liometopum luctuosum   Wheeler, 1905 

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

Liometopum apiculatum subsp. luctuosum Wheeler, 1905h PDF: 325 (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1914c PDF: 619 (m.); Del Toro et al., 2009 PDF : 321 (q.).

Taxon Page Images:



Friend or Foe? Two workers of the tree ant Liometopum luctuosum check each other out. Mojave National Preserve, California, USA.
Image © Alex Wild.

Distribution:

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

Distribution Notes:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

Biology:

Typically associated with conifers, particularly pines (Pinus spp.).

Identification:

In the North American fauna, this uniformly brownish species is formally recognized by the sparse (as opposed to abundant) pilosity (hairiness); the hairs on the gaster are few or absent, and those on the mesosoma are mostly confined to the pronotum. Overall they have a very shiny appearance compared to the velvety look of other Nearctic species.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in desert, 8 times found in Pinyon-cedar-oak woodland, 6 times found in oak woodland, 6 times found in riparian woodland, 4 times found in ponderosa pine forest, 2 times found in desert scrub, 5 times found in chaparral, 2 times found in riparian forest, 4 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 3 times found in fir-pine-oak forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 12 times ground forager(s), 7 times under rock, 6 times on tree trunk, 5 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 4 times under stone, 1 times foragers on Populus, 2 times on Arctostaphylos, 1 times on Abies trunk, 1 times nocturnal foragers on cottonwood, 1 times nest in Pinus ponderosa log, 1 times in base of Pinus ponderosa, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 16 times search, 11 times hand collecting, 3 times at light, 1 times Mercury Vapor Lamp, 2 times Winkler sifter, 1 times direct collection, 2 times hand collected, 1 times light trap, 1 times pan trap, 1 times pitfall, 1 times pitfall trap, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 2850 meters, 1389 meters average

Type specimens: Type - uncertain status: fmnhins0000091117



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