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Species: Myrmecocystus mendax   Wheeler, 1908 

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Myrmecocystus mendax_cf

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Myrmecocystus melliger subsp. mendax Wheeler, 1908g PDF: 351, fig. 4 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Raised to species: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 445.
Senior synonym of Myrmecocystus orbiceps: Snelling, 1976 PDF: 35.


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

Distribution Notes:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in desert scrub, 2 times found in pine/oak woodland, 5 times found in Short grass prairie, 3 times found in oak-pine-juniper woodland, 4 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 2 times found in desert, 2 times found in Gravelly hilltop, 1 times found in live oak-pine-juniper woodland, 1 times found in Cactus-ocotilla desert, 1 times found in oak/pine woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in soil, 1 times stray forager on ground at bottom of wash, 1 times crater nest in bare soil, 1 times ground forager(s), 1 times forager on ground, 1 times colony in soil, 1 times under stone, 1 times under rock, 1 times stray foragers on ground, 1 times on Larrea, 1 times in hard roadside clay, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 7 times hand collecting, 2 times hand collected, 2 times Search, 1 times direct collection.

Elevations: collected from 340 - 2012 meters, 1367 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Myrmecocystus mendax: casent0912299

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