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Species: Dorymyrmex flavus   [no authors], 1879 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Dorymyrmex flavus McCook, 1879: 188, figs. a-c (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Johnson, 1989b PDF: 190 (q.m.); Cokendolpher & Francke, 1985: 349 (k.).
Combination in Conomyrma: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 80; in Dorymyrmex: Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 85.
Revived from synonymy, revived status as species and senior synonym of Dorymyrmex nigra: Johnson, 1989b PDF: 187.
See also: Snelling, 1995a PDF: 5.




Habitat: In the Southeast, this ant inhabits open areas in sandy and occasionally other types of well-drained, often disturbed soils. In the West, apparently conspecific ants inhabit desert grassland and scrub, and chaparral. In Missouri, this ant is locally abundant in the sand prairie and savanna remnants of the Boot Heel region.

Natural History: D. flavus is diurnal and active, often when it is too hot for most other ants to forage on the surface. This species lives in single-nest, less populous colonies than D. smithi (hundreds, compared to thousands, of workers). Nests are in bare, sandy soil. Workers forage individually for small prey, insect carrion, and nectar and honeydew.


Introduced into California (while native to Texas), according to Snelling 1995A:7.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Ward, P. S., 2005:
I? [introduced species?]Probably introduced into California (Snelling 1995a).

Wild, A. L., 2007:
Literature records: Cordillera (Forel 1909).
Dorymyrmex flavus is a North American species unlikely to be conspecific with South American forms, record probably refers to Dorymyrmex paranensis .

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in coastal mesquite scrub, 1 times found in Mojave desert

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 1 times blklite trap

Elevations: collected from 5 - 430 meters, 217 meters average

Type specimens: neoparatype of Dorymyrmex flavus: casent0902983

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