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Species: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   (Cresson, 1865) 

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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis comanche, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis maricopa, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis occidentalis, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis owyheei, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis ruthveni, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis subnitidus, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis utahensis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Myrmica occidentalis Cresson, 1865b: 426 (w.q.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Pogonomyrmex: Cresson, 1887 PDF: 22.
Senior synonym of Pogonomyrmex opaciceps, Pogonomyrmex seminigra: Mayr, 1886d PDF: 449; Forel, 1886b PDF: xlii; of Pogonomyrmex ruthveni: Olsen, 1934 PDF: 507; of Pogonomyrmex utahensis: Cole, 1968: 95.


Nearctic Region: Alberta, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

Distribution Notes:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 6 times found in desert, 5 times found in Short grass prairie, 0 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 2 times found in Sagebrush, 1 times found in Mixed grass prairie, 3 times found in desert riparian, 2 times found in sagebrush scrub, 2 times found in juniper/pinyon woodland, 0 times found in Short Grass Prarie, 0 times found in Meadow, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times under stone, 1 times ground forager(s), 6 times pebble mound nest, 2 times crater nest in soil, 1 times beating vegetation, 2 times pebble mound, 1 times foragers, 1 times stray foragers on ground, 1 times nests and foragers on soil, 2 times nest in soil, 1 times hilltop disc nest, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 30 times search, 6 times hand collecting, 2 times Under rock, 1 times in sedum, 0 times Roadside, 0 times rabbit brush, 0 times Sandhills, 0 times Mound nest, 0 times Streamside, 0 times city pavement, 1 times observation, ...

Elevations: collected from 122 - 2743 meters, 1700 meters average

Type specimens: Paratype: fmnhins0000058386; Paratype, Paratype: fmnhins0000046104; Paratype, Paratype, Paratype(s): fmnhins0000058492; syntype of Pogonomyrmex occidentalis utahensis: casent0913099; syntype of Pogonomyrmex opaciceps: casent0904111; Type series: fmnhins0000077018, fmnhins0000083024, fmnhins0000083025

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