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Species: Polyergus montivagus   Wheeler, 1915 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Polyergus lucidus subsp. montivagus Wheeler, 1915b PDF: 419 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. Primary type information: USA, COLORADO Springs; CASENT0172894; CASENT0172893;; MCZC AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Polyergus lucidus: Creighton, 1950a PDF: 557.
Revived from synonymy as species: Trager, 2013 PDF: 526.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Canada, United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

North and central


Oak woodland, suburban and rural parks, lawns; host - F. pallidefulva


Considered a subspecies or straight synonym of lucidus, but host specificity, morphological differences and biogeography indicate species status.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 9 times found in oak/hickory forest, Black Belt Prairie, 5 times found in raiding Formica colony, 1 times found in Pinyon -cedar -oak woodland, 2 times found in pine flatwoods, 1 times found in white oak woodland, 1 times found in meadow, 1 times found in mixed flatwoods, 1 times found in open meadow, 1 times found in sandy field edge, 1 times found in sandy oak barrens.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times under rock, 2 times with F. pallidefulva, 2 times In lawn, 1 times with Formica pullidefulva, 1 times nest in grass, with F. incerta, 1 times litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 8 times pitfall trap, 3 times direct collection, 2 times nuptial flight, 1 times Berlese funnel, 1 times general collecting.

Elevations: collected from 1737 - 2438 meters, 2137 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1903-08-20 and 2017-08-19

Type specimens: cotype of Polyergus montivagus: casent0172893, casent0172894

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