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Species: Polyergus lucidus   Mayr, 1870 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Polyergus lucidus Mayr, 1870b PDF: 952 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. Primary type information: USA, CONNECTICUT; CASENT0915628; NHMW AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Wheeler & Wheeler, 1968a PDF: 214 (l.); Wheeler, 1903h PDF: 659 (gynandromorph)
Revived status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 214; Wheeler, 1917k PDF: 465; Smith, 1947g PDF: 152; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 557
See also: Talbot, 1968 PDF: 299; Trager, 2013 PDF: 524
// Distribution


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

Distribution Notes:



Prairie or old field, mixed colonies with host Formica incerta


IUCN Red List status: VU D2 Listed as: Polyergus lucidus

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Forel, A., 1886, Études myrmécologiques en 1886., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 30, pp. 131-215

r. P. lucidus MayrHNS.

— M " Mary Treat a observe cette amazone americaine a. Vineland (New Jersey). Elle m'a envoye les [[ worker ]], [[ queen ]] et [[ male ]] que j'ai aussi recus des Alleghenuies, de M. Mac Cook. D'apres les observations de ces naturalistes, le P. lucidusHNS ne prend comme esclaves que la Formica SchaufussiiHNS Mayr qu'il m'ont envoyee en meme temps. C'est ce qu'avait deja suppose Mayr (Neue Formiciden,. 1870, p. 953). Le P. lucidusHNS est si voisin du P. rufescensHNS que je ne puis en faire qu'une race. L'eclat n'est point une ditference constante, car il varie beaucoup chez le P. rufescensHNS qui est parfois presque aussi luisant que le P. lucidusHNS.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in meadow, 1 times found in pasture, 1 times found in Pinyon -cedar -oak woodland.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times under rock, 1 times migrating from nest to body of dead Phoebe, 1 times nest in mowed field.

Elevations: collected from 320 - 2438 meters, 1632 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1903-07-11 and 1994-09-01

Type specimens: syntype of Polyergus lucidus: casent0915628

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