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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).

Distribution:

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

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 dunes & inland dunes, 2 times found in mixed forest, ...

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

Collected most commonly using these methods: 324 times Manual catch, 33 times Pitfall trap, 5 times search, 2 times Nest sample, 2 times Malaise trap, 1 times Color trap, 1 times Hand.

Elevations: collected from 250 - 974 meters, 612 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Formica rufa nuda: casent0917340



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