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Ants of the genus Aphaenogaster are important scavengers and predators in eastern deciduous forests. Here, Aphaenogaster lamellidens workers pull a living centipede from its burrow (Dixon Springs, Illinois, USA).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 120 times found in oak-hickory forest in Black Belt Prairie, 54 times found in Black Belt Prairie, 22 times found in deciduous forest, 24 times found in pine flatwoods, 16 times found in mixed forest, 15 times found in bottomland hardwood forest, 12 times found in mixed pine-hardwood forest, 12 times found in nest in rotting Pinus sp. log in mixed forest, Indian Mound Site, 10 times found in in standing dead pine tree, 9 times found in in rotten log, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 32 times litter, 3 times roadside litter, 2 times litter and soil, 1 times litter at log, 1 times in trunk, 1 times bark, 1 times under bark, standing dead piine, brood, males in nest, 1 times under bark pine log, 1 times under bark dead Loblolly pine, 1 times soil and litter, 1 times soil, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 180 times pitfall trap, 92 times general collecting, 84 times Berlese funnel, 31 times direct collection, 7 times Lindgren funnel trap, 4 times search, 6 times peanut butter on Carya sp., 3 times pitfall traps, 4 times peanut butter bait on Quercus sp., 3 times hand collected, 3 times Lindgren funnel trap baited with Typosan and alpha-pinene, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 2480 meters, 502 meters average
Collect Date Range: collected between 1915-04-04 00:00:00.0 and 2016-04-01 00:00:00.0