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Species: Formica obscuripes   Forel, 1886 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Formica rufa r. obscuripes Forel, 1886b PDF: xxxix (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Emery, 1893k PDF: 650 (q.m.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1953c PDF: 165 (l.); Hung, 1969 PDF: 456 (k.).
Raised to species: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 492.
Senior synonym of Formica aggerans: Forel, 1914c PDF: 619; Creighton, 1940a PDF: 1; of Formica melanotica: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 492.
Material of the unavailable name Formica rubiginosa referred here by Creighton, 1940a PDF: 1.
See also: Weber, 1935 PDF: 165.


Nearctic Region: Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Canada, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North America, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, United States, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Neotropical Region: Americas

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 12 times found in shrub steppe, 2 times found in sagebrush, 6 times found in conifer forest, 5 times found in aspen forest, 2 times found in lodgepole pine forest, 0 times found in Pinyon-Cedar woodland, 0 times found in Shortgrass prairie, 0 times found in Pasture, 3 times found in riparian willow in sagebrush desert, 2 times found in aspen grove, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 31 times thatch mound, 11 times thatch mound nest, 3 times large Formica thatch mound, 5 times foragers, 3 times nest under dead wood, 5 times mound nest, 3 times ex thatch mound, 5 times under stone, 4 times under dead wood, 2 times nest in dead wood, 2 times Formica obscuripes mound, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 101 times search, 0 times Thatched nest, 11 times hand collecting, 1 times under rock, 0 times Roadside, 0 times Thached nest, 0 times Thatch nest of pine needles, 0 times Under rock; thatched nest, 0 times Large thatched nest, roadside, 0 times Roadside grass, 0 times under rocks, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 2920 meters, 1563 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Formica obscuripes: casent0911081; syntype of Formica rufa obscuriventris melanotica: casent0905698

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