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Species: Liometopum occidentale

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

Liometopum microcephalum var. occidentale Emery, 1895d PDF: 330 (w.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Wheeler, 1917a PDF: 522 (q.).
Raised to species: Wheeler, 1917a PDF: 521.
See also: Del Toro, et al. 2009: 330.

Taxon Page Images:



Liometopum occidentale velvety tree ant workers tending larvae of the copper butterfly Lycaena xanthoides. The caterpillars produce a substance attractive to the ants, and the ants provide protection from predators and parasites. Kern County, California, USA.
Image © Alex Wild.

Distribution:

BC

Biology:

Typically associated with deciduous trees (not conifers), often oaks (Quercus spp.).

Identification:

In the North American fauna, L. occidentale may be recognized by its bicolored pattern, abundantly hairy gastral dorsum, and distribution (see map).

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-08-20 07:57:13 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-20 07:56:30 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-20 07:56:00 Zach Lieberman modified Biology
On 2013-08-20 07:54:54 Zach Lieberman modified Identification

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 38 times found in riparian woodland, 34 times found in oak woodland, 12 times found in valley riparian woodland, 9 times found in chaparral, 8 times found in gully riparian woodland, 4 times found in riparian vegetation, 4 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 3 times found in Quercus-Pinus-Pseudotsuga, 4 times found in Quercus-Pinus-Pseudotsuga forest, 3 times found in oak-juniper woodland, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 25 times tunafish bait, 14 times pitfall trap, 8 times hand collecting, 7 times Bay Area Ant Survey (BAAS), 3 times search, 4 times under rock, 4 times malaise trap, 3 times light trap collecting, 3 times Winkler sifter, 1 times rotting log, 1 times alates swarming, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 22433 meters, 595 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Liometopum microcephalum occidentale: casent0905042

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