Aphaenogaster occidentalis

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Aphaenogaster occidentalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. occidentalis
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster occidentalis
(Emery, 1895)

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Synonyms

This species is known to be a pest in Washington homes (DeMarco, 2015).

Identification

Aphaenogaster occidentalis has relatively short spines and scapes (DeMarco, 2015).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: Canada (type locality), United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker


Queen
Male

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • occidentalis. Stenamma (Aphaenogaster) subterraneum subsp. occidentale Emery, 1895c: 301 (w.) U.S.A.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953b: 61 (l.).
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 60.
    • Subspecies of subterranea: Santschi, 1911d: 6; Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 515; Emery, 1921f: 60; Menozzi, 1932b: 310; Cole, 1942: 364; Creighton, 1950a: 149; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 797; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1362.
    • Status as species: Hunt & Snelling, 1975: 21; Allred, 1982: 453; Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986g: 37; Bolton, 1995b: 71.
    • Senior synonym of borealis: Creighton, 1950a: 150.
    • Senior synonym of valida: Shattuck & Cover, 2016: 13.
    • Material of the unavailable name manni referred here by Creighton, 1950a: 150.
  • borealis. Aphaenogaster subterranea subsp. borealis Wheeler, W.M. 1915b: 412 (w.) CANADA.
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 60.
    • Subspecies of subterranea: Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 516; Emery, 1921f: 60; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 797.
    • Junior synonym of occidentalis: Creighton, 1950a: 150; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1362.
  • valida. Aphaenogaster subterranea subsp. valida Wheeler, W.M. 1915b: 411 (w.q.m.) U.S.A.
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 60.
    • Subspecies of subterranea: Wheeler, W.M. 1917a: 516; Emery, 1921f: 60; Creighton, 1950a: 150; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 797; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1362; Bolton, 1995b: 74; Mackay & Mackay, 2002: 77.
    • Junior synonym of subterranea: Shattuck & Cover, 2016: 13.

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