Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2013)
|Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of Technomyrmex rufescens: Bolton, 2007B PDF: 104.|
Reference for Kenya if not type: Arabuko Sukoke
Introduced species. Bolton (pers. comm., 21 March 2005) indicates that the species in California is in the albipes-complex, but is not albipes itself.
pest species (Dutch vernacular name: witvoetmier)
Taxon Page Author History
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Fernández, F., 2008:
Technomyrmex albipes vitiensis Mann , 1921:473 (w). Junior synonym of albipes : Wilson and Taylor 1967:82.
Technomyrmex vitiensis : Bolton 2007:104.
California, USA (Bolton 2007)
Tramp species potentially present in the New World
In the key to New World species of Technomyrmex presented below, Bolton (2007) added T. albipes and T. pallipes as two tramp species, inhabiting hothouses in the Palaearctic Region and potentially introduced to New World (as T. difficilis and T. vitiensis ). We include pictures of both species.
Specimen Data Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 125 times found in primary rainforest, 98 times found in disturbed forest, 83 times found in secondary forest, 48 times found in coastal forest, 25 times found in rainforest, 29 times found in dry forest, 27 times found in disturbed rainforest, 10 times found in secondary thicket and diverse vegetation, 9 times found in urban garden, 12 times found in coastal scrub, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 13 times beating low vegetation, 6 times CDC light trap, 4 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times 2 Maxi Winks, 4 times hand collection, 1 times yellow pan trap, YP 25 trap transect, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 trap, 1 times NRa 492, 1 times SBa 664, 1 times bait, 4, 10 jam, 1 times NRa 654, ...
Elevations: collected from 1 - 1187 meters, 267 meters average