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Species: Forelius pruinosus   (Roger, 1863) 

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See Also:

Forelius pruinosus analis, Forelius pruinosus testaceus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Tapinoma pruinosum Roger, 1863a PDF: 165 (w.) CUBA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history


Nearctic Region: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Baja California, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hidalgo, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington
Neotropical Region: Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Exumas, Francisco Morazán, Granada, Guanacaste, Honduras, La Guajira, Managua, Nicaragua, San Salvador, Villa Clara

Distribution Notes:



Grassland or very open woodland with bare ground exposed, occasionally ruderal. Nests in soil or under rocks


Snelling list recognizes F. analis (André 1893) as distinct from F. pruinosus, and lists both from California (as does Cuezzo, 2000).



Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Forelius pruinosus   Guerrero, R. J. & Fernández, F., 2008, A new species of the ant genus Forelius (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) from the dry forest of Colombia., Zootaxa 1958, pp. 51-60: 57-59, (download) 57-59 22407
Forelius pruinosus   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: 4 times found in desert, 11 times found in xerophyl scrub, 7 times found in desert scrub, 5 times found in agricultural zone, 0 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 0 times found in short grass prairie, 2 times found in Mojave desert wash, 2 times found in desert wash, 2 times found in sand dunes, 4 times found in tropical dry forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times under stone, 5 times nest under rock, 4 times nest in soil, 3 times pitfall trap, 4 times ground foragers, 2 times ground forager(s), 2 times stray foragers, 1 times nest in buried hollow stems, 1 times ground forager(s) (with crater nest), 2 times foragers, 1 times crater nests in sand, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 24 times search, 19 times hand collecting, 16 times pitfall, 1 times under rock, 5 times Ground forager, 3 times pitfall trap, 1 times beat sheet, 1 times bait, 1 times Zona de compensacion, Pitfall T1E4, 0 times Roadside, 0 times rocky seacliff, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 2438 meters, 1233 meters average

Type specimens: not part of type series: casent0915583; syntype: casent0922449

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