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Species: Solenopsis invicta   Buren, 1972 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Solenopsis invicta Buren, 1972 PDF: 9, fig. 2 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Solenopsis wagneri: Bolton, 1995b: 388.
[Trager, 1991 PDF: 173 incorrectly gave Solenopsis wagneri as an unavailable name; the name is available and has priority over Solenopsis invicta, see note under Solenopsis wagneri.].
Solenopsis invicta conserved over Solenopsis wagneri because of usage, in accord with ICZN (1999): Shattuck, Porter & Wojcik, 1999: 27.
See also: Rhoades, 1977: 1; Smith, 1979: 1386.

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Paraguay: Boquerón, Caaguazú, Canindeyú, Central, Guairá, Ñeembucú, Paraguarí, Pte. Hayes


An aggressive tramp species, invasive outdoors in warmer climates. Dispersed with tropical plants, and in sod from southern states brought into ILLINOIS.


Introduced species.


(Dutch vernacular name: rode vuurmier)

Taxon Page Author History

On 2015-06-01 13:54:11 Mark Johnson modified Videos
On 2015-05-31 14:54:50 Mark Johnson modified Videos
On 2015-05-29 14:42:57 Mark Johnson modified Images

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis invicta   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 36, (download) 36 21367
Solenopsis invicta   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in urban garden, 1 times found in mangrove swamp, 1 times found in open area in oak woodland, 1 times found in Shaded lawn, 1 times found in beach margin, 1 times found in coastal dune remant, 2 times found in hammock, 1 times found in leaf litter, 1 times found in mesic forest, 1 times found in oak/palm, picnic area, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 8 times search, 1 times hand collecting, 2 times Winkler, 1 times Berlese, 1 times berlese sifted pine oak woods, 1 times by hand, 1 times collected in malaise trap, 1 times site 27-4

Elevations: collected from 5 - 145 meters, 34 meters average

Type specimens: paratype of Solenopsis invicta: casent0902350; syntype of Solenopsis saevissima wagneri: casent0913949

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