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Species: Formica aserva   Forel, 1901 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica sanguinea r. aserva Forel, 1901l PDF: 395 (w.q.) CANADA. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Wheeler, 1913i PDF: 405 (m.).
Combination in Formica (Raptiformica): Emery, 1925d PDF: 260.
[All these authors give Formica subnuda as the senior name but the date of availability of Formica subnuda makes it clear that Formica aserva has seniority: Bolton, 1995b: 191; see also under Formica subnuda.].


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Canada, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 25 times found in very active, aggressive, aspen forest, grassy meadow, sandy soil, nest in/under log, 10 times found in conifer forest, 14 times found in spruce/aspen forest, rocky loam, brood, nest in/under log, thatching, 11 times found in pine/aspen forest, clay loam soil, active, aggressive, escape, nest in/under 50 cm diameter log, 11 times found in sparse pine forest, light brown sandy loam, moist, level area, very active, nest in small thatched mound, 8 times found in very active, aggressive, spruce/aspen forest, rocky sand, brood, nest in/under log, 5 times found in aspen grove, 7 times found in deciduous forest, light brown rocky clay, nest in/under bark of log, juniper, 7 times found in moderate pine/fir forest, clay loam, nest in log 40cm diameter, wet, loose bark with thatch, 6 times found in deciduous forest, light brown rocky clay, very active, aggressive, nest in/under bark of log, juniper, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times in dead wood, 7 times under stone, 3 times nest in dead wood, 6 times ex rotten log, 7 times log stage 4, 4 times under dead wood, 5 times foragers, 2 times in rotten stump, 2 times stray foragers, 5 times log stage 3, 1 times small rotten log, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 69 times search, 8 times hand collecting, 5 times direct collection, 1 times pitfall trap, 1 times ground foragers, 1 times 15 pitfall traps installed in a 5 by 3 grid, 5 m between each trap, 1 times Davis sifter.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 3290 meters, 1831 meters average

Type specimens: paratype of Formica sanguinea rubicunda subnuda: casent0905695; syntype of Formica aserva: casent0911096; syntype of Formica sanguinea aserva: casent0916653

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