Forelius damiani Guerrero and Fernández

Dolichoderinae, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker face view

worker lateral view

Range

Southern Texas to Colombia. Costa Rica: Atlantic and northern Pacific lowlands.

Identification

Pronotum relatively low and flat, with 2 erect setae (pronotum more arched and with more than 2 erect setae in pruinosus).

Natural History

This species occurs in open areas with bare soil or sparse vegetation cover. It favors roadsides and pastures. For example, it has been collected once at La Selva Biological Station, in the grassy area around the dining hall, yet in spite of long-term intensive collecting activity it has never been collected in the adjacent forested habitats.

Comments

Ward (2005) discussed this species in his treatment of California ants and Guerrero and Fernández (2008) described it. It is broadly sympatric with F. pruinosus. Ward found both species sympatrically in an area just east of Playa Nancite in Santa Rosa National Park.

Literature Cited

Guerrero, R. J., F. Fernández 2008. A new species of the ant genus Forelius (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) from the dry forest of Colombia. Zootaxa 1958:51-60.

Ward, P. S. 2005. A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 936: 1-68.


Page author:

John T. Longino, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505 USA.longinoj@evergreen.edu


Date of this version: 2 January 2009.
Previous versions of this page: 5 November 2007.
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