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Species: Formica polyctena   Foerster, 1850 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica polyctena Foerster, 1850a: 15 (w.q.m.) GERMANY. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Subspecies of Formica rufa: Forel, 1915d: 58; Emery, 1925d PDF: 253; Stitz, 1939: 339; Boven, 1947b PDF: 189.
Senior synonym of Formica minor: Betrem, 1960b: 64; Dlussky, 1967a PDF: 93; of Formica nuda: Dlussky, 1967a PDF: 93; Dlussky & Pisarski, 1971 PDF: 187; of Formica major: Radchenko, 2007 PDF: 37 (Formica major is best regarded as a nomen oblitum, therefore Formica polyctena takes priority).


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Europe: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Formica polyctena   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 144, (download) 144 6175
Formica polyctena n. sp.  Förster, A., 1850, Hymenopterologische Studien. 1. Formicariae., Aachen: Unknown Publisher: 15-17, (download) 15-17 8138

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 475 times found in Unknown, 81 times found in Forest, 32 times found in heathlands, 13 times found in Anthropogenic, 7 times found in shrubs, 4 times found in dry grassland, 3 times found in Rocks (rocky-calcareous grasslands), 3 times found in Wet grassland, 2 times found in mixed forest, 2 times found in dunes & inland dunes, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times large nest mound, 1 times on path, 1 times nest mound, pine needles, 1 times nest mound, 1 times foraging on path, 1 times auf Bügersteig.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 324 times Manual catch, 33 times Pitfall trap, 6 times search, 2 times Malaise trap, 2 times Nest sample, 30 h ST times 13, 1 times Color trap, 1 times Hand.

Elevations: collected from 194 - 974 meters, 479 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Formica rufa nuda: casent0917340

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