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Species: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   (Cresson, 1865) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

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.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)
Nearctic Region: Canada, United States
Neotropical Region: Mexico

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 Meadow, 0 times found in Short Grass Prarie, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times under stone, 2 times ground forager(s), 6 times pebble mound nest, 2 times crater nest in soil, 3 times foragers, 3 times pebble mound, 1 times beating vegetation, 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: 31 times search, 6 times hand collecting, 2 times Under rock, 3 times hand collected, 1 times in sedum, 0 times Roadside, 0 times rabbit brush, 0 times Sandhills, 0 times Mound nest, 0 times Conical mound, 0 times on sunflower, ...

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

Type specimens: syntype of Pogonomyrmex occidentalis utahensis: casent0913099; syntype of Pogonomyrmex opaciceps: casent0904111; Type series: fmnhins0000077018, fmnhins0000083023, fmnhins0000083024, fmnhins0000083025

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