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Species: Brachymyrmex depilis   Emery, 1893 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Brachymyrmex heeri subsp. depilis Emery, 1893k PDF: 635 (w.) U.S.A. (District of Columbia). Nearctic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype worker (by designation of Ortiz-Sepúlveda et al., 2019 10.1007/s13127-019-00406-2 PDF: 491). Primary type locality: lectotype U.S.A.: District of Columbia, Georgetown College, 10.viii.1885 (T. Pergande) (by restriction of Creighton, 1950a PDF: 359). Primary type depository: MSNG. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 36 paralectotype workers, 1 paralectotype queen, 10 paralectotype males. Secondary type locality: same as for lectotype. Secondary type depository: MSNG. Type notes: 1) The original description does not mention queens or males. 2) Other original syntype localities: U.S.A.: Dakota (T. Pergande), U.S.A.: New Jersey (T. Pergande), U.S.A.: Virginia (T. Pergande). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Santschi, 1923b PDF: 663; Emery, 1925d PDF: 42; Buren, 1944a PDF: 292; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 359; Smith, 1951c PDF: 839; Cole, 1953j: 266; Cole, 1954f PDF: 271; Smith, 1958c PDF: 141; Carter, 1962a PDF: 7 (in list); Smith, 1967a PDF: 366; Hunt & Snelling, 1975 PDF: 22; Francoeur, 1977b PDF: 207; Yensen et al., 1977 PDF: 183; Smith, 1979: 1424; Snelling & George, 1979: 177; Allred, 1982: 454; Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 59; DuBois & LaBerge, 1988: 145; MacKay et al., 1988 PDF: 104; Deyrup et al., 1989 PDF: 99; Blacker, 1992 PDF: 9; Wheeler et al., 1994 PDF: 305; Bolton, 1995b: 82; Mackay & Mackay, 2002 PDF: 278; Deyrup, 2003 PDF: 44; Coovert, 2005 PDF: 113; MacGown & Forster, 2005 PDF: 64; Ward, 2005 PDF: 28; Ellison et al., 2012: 110; Deyrup, 2017: 180; Ortiz-Sepúlveda et al., 2019 10.1007/s13127-019-00406-2 PDF: 491.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Canada, Mexico, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Nearctic, Neotropical

Distribution Notes:



Subterranean. Nests in virtually all well-drained soils, even floodplains. Occasionally forages in leaf litter or on the surface.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 18 times found in on swimming pool surface, 16 times found in mesic,rocky, sloped hardwood forest, 11 times found in deciduous forest, 14 times found in ex loblolly pine litter- some oak and magnolia, 11 times found in Sand Pine Scrub, 11 times found in Flatwoods, 6 times found in oak woodland, 7 times found in ex litter of very large, old live oak, 6 times found in chaparral, 5 times found in on shell midden in soil, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 41 times under stone, 13 times leaf litter, 15 times litter, 11 times under rock, 6 times soil, 2 times alates at blacklight, 5 times soil and leaf litter, 2 times nests under rocks, 4 times litter and soil, 4 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 4 times ex sifted litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 38 times search, 33 times Berlese funnel, 7 times hand collecting, 12 times pitfall trap, 10 times sifting soil and litter, 9 times Berlese, 7 times Winkler, 4 times Davis sifting, 2 times blacklight, 4 times DaJuns sifting, 4 times UV light, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 2260 meters, 766 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1885-08-10 00:00:00.0 and 2022-10-01 00:00:00.0

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