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Species: Aphaenogaster lamellidens   Mayr, 1886 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Aphaenogaster lamellidens Mayr, 1886d PDF: 444 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. (Virginia). Nearctic. Primary type information: Primary type material: syntype workers, syntype queen(s), syntype male(s) (numbers not stated). Primary type locality: U.S.A.: Virginia (no collector’s name) (by restriction of Creighton, 1950a PDF: 144). Primary type depository: NHMW. Type notes: Other original syntype localities: U.S.A.: Maryland, U.S.A.: Virginia (no collectors’ names). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Aphaenogaster: Wheeler, 1913d PDF: 114.

Taxon Page Images:

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).
Image copyright Alex Wild. // Distribution


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

Distribution Notes:

Illinois River Valley?


Mesic forest, oak woodland

Specimen Habitat Summary

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 on log in deciduous forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 32 times litter, 3 times roadside litter, 2 times litter and soil, 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, 1 times on dead oak trunk, 1 times on cypress trunk, 1 times log stage 4, ...

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, 6 times peanut butter on Carya sp., 4 times search, 3 times pitfall traps, 3 times hand collected, 4 times peanut butter bait on Quercus sp., 0 times brown sugar-yeast trap, ...

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

Type specimens: syntype of Aphaenogaster lamellidens: casent0900413, casent0919793; type of Aphaenogaster lamellidens: focol1229

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