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Species: Pogonomyrmex badius   (Latreille, 1802) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Formica badia Latreille, 1802a PDF: 238, pl. 11, fig. 71 (w.q.) U.S.A. (Carolina). Nearctic. Primary type information: Type-material: 1 syntype worker, 1 syntype queen. Type-locality: U.S.A.: Carolina (Bosc.). Type-depository: MNHN. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b PDF: 30.
Combination in Pogonomyrmex: Mayr, 1870b PDF: 971.
Status as species: Lepeletier de Saint-Fargeau, 1835 PDF: 174; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 395; Roger, 1863b PDF: 30; Mayr, 1870b PDF: 971 (in key); Mayr, 1886d PDF: 450; Mayr, 1887 PDF: 610 (in key); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 260; André, 1893b PDF: 152; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 118; Pergande, 1893 PDF: 33; Emery, 1895d PDF: 310; Wheeler, 1902a PDF: 99 (in key); Wheeler, 1902d PDF: 392 (in key); Wheeler, 1905j PDF: 384; Wheeler, 1910a PDF: 566; Wheeler, 1913d PDF: 114; Emery, 1921c PDF: 45; Smith, 1930a PDF: 3; Wheeler, 1932a PDF: 4; Olsen, 1934 PDF: 500; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 115; Smith, 1951c PDF: 792; Smith, 1958c PDF: 114; Smith, 1967a PDF: 351; Cole, 1968: 148 (redescription); Hölldobler & Wilson, 1971: 385; Smith, 1979: 1356; Gordon, 1984: 413; Deyrup et al., 1989 PDF: 94; Bolton, 1995b: 339; Taber, 1998 PDF: 149 (in key); Deyrup, 2003 PDF: 46; MacGown & Forster, 2005 PDF: 70; Deyrup, 2017: 96.

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P. badius can be host to Mermithidae, a family of nematode worms that are endoparasites in arthropods.

Photo by Christina Kwapich 

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

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 33 times found in in nest on sandy trail in pine-oak dune woodland, 31 times found in sandhill habitat, 22 times found in in deep sand in open area in pine forest, 18 times found in open site with sandy soil near Tombigbee River, 18 times found in pine-oak dune woodland, 16 times found in sandy area near mixed woods near roadside, 16 times found in xeric dune scrub, 14 times found in sandhill remnant along I-20W, 14 times found in dunes, 13 times found in pine-oak sandhill habitat, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times ground nest, 1 times foragers, 1 times swarming in Fla. scrub habitat, Sun-Century Rd., 1 times nest in sand, disc mound with scattered particles of charcoal on top, 1 times colony in soil, 1 times roadside, 1 times obscure crater, 1 times nest in soil, 1 times nest in sandy road bed, 1 times large flat crater or disc, 1 times ground nest, with crater, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 200 times general collecting, 3 times search, 3 times blacklight trap, 0 times pitfall trap, 1 times pitfall, 1 times direct collection, 1 times from SRSS, 1 times hand collected.

Elevations: collected from 1 - 106 meters, 44 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1914-10-31 00:00:00.0 and 2021-12-22 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Myrmica transversa: casent0900375

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