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Species: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   (Cresson, 1865) 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Myrmica occidentalis Cresson, 1865b PDF: 426 (w.q.) U.S.A. (Colorado). Nearctic. Primary type information: Type-material: 2 syntype workers, 2 syntype queens. Type-locality: U.S.A.: Colorado Territory. Type-depository: ANSP. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Cole, 1968: 94 (m.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1953a PDF: 110 (l.); Taber et al., 1988 PDF: 51 (k.); Taber & Francke, 1986 PDF: 274 (gynandromorph).
Combination in Pogonomyrmex: Cresson, 1887 PDF: 22.
Status as species: Mayr, 1886d PDF: 449; Forel, 1886b PDF: xlii; Mayr, 1887 PDF: 610 (in key); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 260; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 119; Emery, 1895d PDF: 310; Forel, 1899a PDF: 119; Wheeler, 1902a PDF: 98 (in key); Wheeler, 1902d PDF: 391 (in key); Wheeler, 1906i PDF: 340; Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 565; Emery, 1921c PDF: 46; Essig, 1926 PDF: 862; Olsen, 1934 PDF: 507; Cole, 1936a PDF: 36; Cole, 1937b PDF: 135; Cole, 1942 PDF: 365; Wheeler & Wheeler, 1944 PDF: 238; Buren, 1944a PDF: 283; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 127; Smith, 1951c PDF: 793; Cole, 1954b PDF: 120; Smith, 1958c PDF: 115; Cole, 1966b PDF: 4 (in key); Beck et al., 1967: 72; Smith, 1967a PDF: 351; Cole, 1968: 94 (redescription); Hunt & Snelling, 1975 PDF: 21; Yensen et al., 1977 PDF: 182; Smith, 1979: 1355; Allred, 1982: 496; MacKay et al., 1985: 50; Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 28; Taber & Francke, 1986 PDF: 274; Shattuck, 1987 PDF: 172; MacKay et al., 1988: 100; Bolton, 1995b: 341; Taber, 1998 PDF: 149 (in key); Mackay & Mackay, 2002 PDF: 216; Ward, 2005 PDF: 67.
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Distribution:

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

Distribution Notes:

collected from the Chiricahua Mtns, Cochise Co.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 8 times found in desert, 27 times found in Short grass prairie, 26 times found in Pinyon-cedar woodland, 17 times found in Sagebrush, 8 times found in Mixed grass prairie, 3 times found in desert riparian, 2 times found in juniper/pinyon woodland, 6 times found in Short Grass Prarie, 2 times found in sagebrush scrub, 6 times found in Meadow, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times under stone, 2 times ground forager(s), 9 times pebble mound, 8 times pebble mound nest, 6 times nest in soil, 2 times crater nest in soil, 3 times foragers, 3 times ground nest, 4 times under rock, 1 times beating vegetation, 1 times in sedum, willow litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 48 times search, 7 times hand collecting, 3 times hand collected, 30 am 3 Jul 2016 and picked up 9 times transect of 5 ethylene glycol pitfall traps (28 mm internal diameter), set out 10, 1 times beating, 0 times Berlese, 1 times observation.

Elevations: collected from 122 - 2743 meters, 1708 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1906-10-01 and 2021-03-28

Type specimens: syntype of Pogonomyrmex occidentalis utahensis: casent0913099; syntype of Pogonomyrmex opaciceps: casent0904111; Type series: fmnhins0000077018, fmnhins0000083023, fmnhins0000083024, fmnhins0000083025



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