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Species: Dorymyrmex flavus   McCook, 1880 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Dorymyrmex flavus McCook, 1880 PDF: 188, figs. a-c (w.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Combination in Conomyrma: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 80; in Dorymyrmex: Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 85.
Revived from synonymy, revived status as species and senior synonym of Dorymyrmex pyramicus nigra: Johnson, 1989b PDF: 187.
See also: Snelling, 1995a PDF: 5.
// Distribution


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

Distribution Notes:



Habitat: In the Southeast, this ant inhabits open areas in sandy and occasionally other types of well-drained, often disturbed soils. In the West, apparently conspecific ants inhabit desert grassland and scrub, and chaparral. In Missouri, this ant is locally abundant in the sand prairie and savanna remnants of the Boot Heel region.

Natural History: D. flavus is diurnal and active, often when it is too hot for most other ants to forage on the surface. This species lives in single-nest, less populous colonies than D. smithi (hundreds, compared to thousands, of workers). Nests are in bare, sandy soil. Workers forage individually for small prey, insect carrion, and nectar and honeydew.


Introduced into California (while native to Texas), according to Snelling 1995A:7.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Dorymyrmex flavus   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 41, (download) 41 21367
Dorymyrmex flavus   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 22 times found in in riparian area in desert scrub/grassland, 4 times found in collected in mowed lawn at rest area, 11 times found in nest in red dirt road leading to dunes, 10 times found in collected on Eagle Trail around pond, 6 times found in collected in gas station parking lot, 4 times found in on roadside, 4 times found in sandy floodplain hardwood forest, 0 times found in collected in lawn of Welcome Center, 0 times found in mixed pine/hardwood forest near lake, 2 times found in open cutover area, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times ground forager(s), 1 times under rock, 1 times nocturnal ground foragers, at baits (shortbread cookie crumbs), 1 times colony in soil.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 25 times direct collection, 22 times Malaise Trap, 2 times UV light, 1 times at light|UV trap, 1 times hand collected.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 2480 meters, 489 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1903-01-02 and 2018-08-19

Type specimens: neoparatype of Dorymyrmex flavus: casent0902983; syntype of Dorymyrmex pyromicus nigra: castype00614

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