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Species: Myrmecocystus mexicanus   Wesmael, 1838 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Myrmecocystus mexicanus Wesmael, 1838 PDF: 770 (w.) MEXICO. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Myrmecocystus melliger: Forel, 1886h PDF: 201; Mayr, 1886d PDF: 424
Revived from synonymy: Wheeler, 1908g PDF: 356
// 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:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Myrmecocystus melliger   Forel, A., 1886, Études myrmécologiques en 1886., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 30, pp. 131-215: 71, (download) 71 3923
Myrmecocystus mexicanus   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008
Myrmecocystus mexicanus   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum: 200, (download) 200 8127

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in Brushland, 2 times found in desert scrub, 2 times found in creosote mesquite desert, 4 times found in desert, 2 times found in salt desert, 4 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 1 times found in juniper/pinyon woodland, 1 times found in pinyon-juniper-oak woodland, 2 times found in sagebrush desert, 1 times found in Shortgrass prairie with ponderosa pine on ridge top, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times nest in soil, 3 times crater nest in soil, 3 times ground nest, 1 times excavated nest, 1 times nest in ground, 2 times pitfall trap, 1 times open nest in ground, 1 times on ground at night, 1 times ground foragers, 2 times colony in soil, 2 times sandy soil, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times search, 4 times hand collecting, 3 times hand collected, 2 times pitfall trap, 1 times direct collection, 1 times nest entrance, 1 times at light, 1 times founding chamber, 1 times general collecting, 1 times hand coll..

Elevations: collected from 670 - 2164 meters, 1657 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1921-08-25 00:00:00.0 and 2021-07-15 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: neoparatype of Myrmecocystus mexicanus: casent0911202; syntype of Myrmecocystus melliger hortusdeorum: casent0911062

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