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Species: Formica obscuripes   Forel, 1886 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Formica rufa r. obscuripes Forel, 1886b PDF: xxxix (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Emery, 1893k PDF: 650 (q.m.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1953c PDF: 165 (l.); Hung, 1969 PDF: 456 (k.).
Raised to species: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 492.
Material of the unavailable name Formica rufa obscuriventris rubiginosa: referred here by Creighton, 1940a PDF: 1.
See also: Weber, 1935 PDF: 165.


  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: 12 times found in shrub steppe, 10 times found in conifer forest, 18 times found in sagebrush, 10 times found in alpine meadow edge, 5 times found in aspen forest, 8 times found in Pinyon-Cedar woodland, 8 times found in Shortgrass prairie, 4 times found in conifer forest edge, 5 times found in lodgepole pine forest, 3 times found in Pinus albicaulis open forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 36 times thatch mound, 13 times thatch mound nest, 26 times thatched nest, 10 times mound nest, 12 times under rock, 4 times nest under dead wood, 3 times large Formica thatch mound, 5 times foragers, 3 times Formica obscuripes mound, 3 times ex thatch mound, 5 times under stone, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 122 times search, 17 times hand collecting, 3 times direct collection, 1 times pitfall, 0 times sweeping, 1 times Winkler, 1 times observation.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 3115 meters, 1661 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Formica obscuripes: casent0911081; syntype of Formica rufa obscuriventris melanotica: casent0905698

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