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Species: Solenopsis invicta   Buren, 1972 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Solenopsis invicta Buren, 1972 PDF: 9, fig. 2 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Solenopsis wagneri: Bolton, 1995b: 388
[Trager, 1991 PDF: 173 incorrectly gave Solenopsis wagneri as an unavailable name; the name is available and has priority over Solenopsis invicta, see note under Solenopsis wagneri.]
Solenopsis invicta conserved over Solenopsis wagneri because of usage, in accord with ICZN (1999): Shattuck et al., 1999: 27

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Montserrat, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, United States Virgin Islands
    Asia: China, India
    Oceania: Australia, Hawaii
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Neotropical bioregion

Distribution Notes:

Paraguay: Boquerón, Caaguazú, Canindeyú, Central, Guairá, Ñeembucú, Paraguarí, Pte. Hayes


An aggressive tramp species, invasive outdoors in warmer climates. Dispersed with tropical plants, and in sod from southern states brought into ILLINOIS.


Introduced species.


(Dutch vernacular name: rode vuurmier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis invicta   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 36, (download) 36 21367
Solenopsis invicta   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in urban garden, 4 times found in on swimming pool surface, 17 times found in BLack Belt Prairie, 16 times found in nest in dolomite glade, 9 times found in sand bar beside creek, 8 times found in nest under a piece of wood in dolomite glade, 8 times found in plant nursery, 5 times found in desert scrub, 7 times found in dolomite glade, 3 times found in mixed pine/oak, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 9 times ground nest, 5 times pitfall trap, 5 times ground forager, 3 times ex sifted litter, 1 times at bait, 5 times leaf litter, 1 times on extrafloral nectary Passiflora incarnata, 3 times nest in soil, 2 times nest under stone, 1 times nest under rock, 2 times mound colony, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 0 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan and alpha pinene, 28 times direct collection, 9 times search, 13 times Berlese funnel, 7 times pitfall trap, 5 times Winkler, 7 times blacklight, 5 times tuna bait, 1 times bait, 3 times Malaise trap, 3 times beating, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1800 meters, 229 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1904-12-31 and 2019-06-29

Type specimens: Not Provided: casent0742441; paratype of Solenopsis invicta: casent0902350; syntype of Solenopsis saevissima wagneri: casent0913949

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