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Species: Solenopsis fugax   (Latreille, 1798) 

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See Also:

Solenopsis fugax_cf_gr01, Solenopsis fugax_cf_gr02, Solenopsis fugax cypridis, Solenopsis fugax emesa, Solenopsis fugax karaki, Solenopsis fugax tisiphone

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 4 valid subspecies

Formica fugax Latreille, 1798 PDF: 46 (w.q.m.) FRANCE. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Hauschteck, 1961 PDF: 221 (k.); Santschi, 1910e PDF: 649 (gynandromorph).
Senior synonym of Solenopsis flavidula: Mayr, 1855 PDF: 450; Smith, 1855b PDF: 121.
Senior synonym of of Solenopsis kasalinensis, Solenopsis pontica: Dlussky & Zabelin, 1985: 221.
Senior synonym of Solenopsis latroides, Solenopsis scythica: Dlussky & Radchenko, 1994a PDF: 109; Arakelian, 1994 PDF: 50.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Japan, Kazakhstan
    Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Throughout SLO except Alpine


Mostly grasslands, often in lestobiosis with other species (e.g. Formica spp., Lasius spp., Camponotus aethiops)


(Dutch vernacular name: diefmier)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 48 times found in Unknown, 9 times found in Rocks (rocky-calcareous grasslands), 7 times found in Anthropogenic, 2 times found in garden, 2 times found in heathlands, 1 times found in meadow, 1 times found in successional community on sandy soil, edge of pine woodland, 1 times found in dry grassland, 1 times found in montane meadow, 1 times found in tree in city, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times under stone, 1 times Nido, 2 times in the ground, 2 times ground (-5-0 cm), 1 times on the ground, 1 times nest adjacent to Camponotus ligniperda, 1 times leaf litter under 0.5 m tall oak (-5-0 cm), 1 times leaf litter (-5-0 cm), in the shade, 1 times lawn, 1 times in soil (-5-0 cm), 1 times in soil, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 20 times Manual catch, 17 times search, 11 times Pitfall trap, 5 times pitfall, 1 times Hand, 2 times Malaise trap, 1 times sifting of soil samples, 1 times colonie 1.

Elevations: collected from 130 - 1250 meters, 481 meters average

Type specimens: neoparatype of Solenopsis fugax: antweb1041289, antweb1041290; neotype of Formica fugax: casent0915417; syntype of Diplorhoptrum avium: casent0913647; syntype of Diplorhoptrum delta: casent0913603; syntype of Diplorhoptrum pilosum: casent0913602; syntype of Solenopsis balachowskyi: casent0913648; syntype of Solenopsis duboscqui: casent0913650; syntype of Solenopsis emeryi banyulensis: casent0913649; syntype of Solenopsis laevithorax: casent0913600; syntype of Solenopsis monticola: casent0913601; syntype of Solenopsis provincialis: casent0913605; syntype of Solenopsis pygmaea: casent0913598; syntype of Solenopsis richardi: casent0913604; syntype of Solenopsis robusta: casent0913599; syntype of Solenopsis rugosa: casent0913606; syntype of Solenopsis fugax pontica: casent0913885; syntype of Solenopsis fugax furtiva: casent0913888; syntype of Solenopsis fugax scythica: casent0913886; unpublished name: Solenopsis cajirense: casent0913607

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