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Species: Dorymyrmex flavus   [no authors], 1879 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

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.


Nearctic Region: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas
Neotropical Region: Mexico

Distribution Notes:



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)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Dorymyrmex flavus   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 41, (download) 41 21367
Dorymyrmex flavus   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: 1 times found in Mojave desert, 1 times found in coastal mesquite scrub.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times ground forager(s), 1 times under rock.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times blklite trap.

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

Type specimens: neoparatype of Dorymyrmex flavus: casent0902983; syntype of Dorymyrmex pyromicus nigra: castype00614

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