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Species: Solenopsis saevissima   (Smith, 1855) 

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Solenopsis saevissima itinerans

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Myrmica saevissima Smith, 1855c PDF: 166, pl. 13, fig. 18 (w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Solenopsis: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 751.
Revived from synonymy as subspecies of Solenopsis geminata: Wheeler, 1915b PDF: 395.
Revived status as species: Mann, 1916 PDF: 447; Santschi, 1916e PDF: 378; Santschi, 1923c PDF: 265; Creighton, 1930b PDF: 80.
Senior synonym of Solenopsis gracilior: Creighton, 1930b PDF: 80; of Solenopsis moelleri (and its junior synonyms Solenopsis incrassata, Solenopsis morosa), Solenopsis perfida: Wilson, 1952b PDF: 55.
Material of the unavailable name Solenopsis picea referred here by Trager, 1991 PDF: 189.
See also: Buren, 1972 PDF: 15; Trager, 1991 PDF: 188.
Current subspecies: nominal plus Solenopsis saevissima itinerans.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Paraguay: Canindeyú, Central, Cordilleria, Ñeembucú

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis saevissima   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 37, (download) 37 21367
Solenopsis saevissima   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 37, (download) 37 21367
Solenopsis saevissima   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 751, (download) 751 4445

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in Semideciduous seasonal forest, 1 times found in station lawn, 1 times found in Rainforest, 1 times found in Savane.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in soil, 1 times Under rotten log, 1 times ground nest, 1 times Ground.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times search, 0 times Berlesate of colonized litter bags (previously sterilized), 1 times Hypogaeic pitfall, 1 times Pitfall72h.

Elevations: collected from 4 - 2600 meters, 582 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Myrmica saevissima: casent0902353; syntype of Solenopsis geminata incrassata: casent0908799; syntype of Solenopsis geminata saevissima picea: casent0913931; syntype of Solenopsis moelleri: casent0908797; syntype of Solenopsis moelleri gracilior: casent0908798; syntype of Solenopsis saevissima morosa: casent0913929; syntype of Solenopsis saevissima perfida: casent0913930

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