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Species: Iridomyrmex purpureus   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Formica purpurea Smith, 1858a PDF: 40 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lowne, 1865a PDF: 275 (m.); Imai et al., 1977 PDF: 345 (k.).
Combination in Iridomyrmex: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 702.

Distribution:

   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)
Australasia Region: Australia

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 16 times found in Mallee, 11 times found in Dry sclerophyll, 6 times found in grazed Euc. dieback area, 3 times found in Mulga, 3 times found in Savanna, 3 times found in Riparian woodland, 3 times found in Sclerophyll wdld., 3 times found in Chenopod shrubland, 3 times found in Mallee woodland, 3 times found in Roadside vegetation (exotic), ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times small nest, 8 times large nest, 11 times ground strays, 5 times On ground, 7 times ground foragers, 3 times Ground nest, 3 times Nest series, 3 times Limestone path, 3 times trunk strays, 3 times tending J.lithochroa, 1 times On grd, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 10 times Pitfall, 3 times Pitfalls, 1 times By hand, 2 times direct collection, 2 times Malaise, 2 times at light, 1 times ex black box flight intercept, 1 times ex pitfall trap, 1 times flight intercept, 1 times Hocks Malaise, 1 times 2 m Townes malaise, ...

Elevations: collected from 6 - 1167 meters, 359 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype: casent0172039; paralectotype of Camponotus horni: casent0903079; paratype: casent0172040; syntype of Iridomyrmex detectus castrae: casent0909519; type of Iridomyrmex detectus var. castrae: focol2826, focol2827; unpublished name: Iridomyrmex detectus rufoaeneus: casent0909520



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