Formica ulkei

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Formica ulkei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. ulkei
Binomial name
Formica ulkei
Emery, 1893

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Specimen Label

Synonyms
At a Glance • Polygynous  • Temporary parasite  

 

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  • Worker foraging on vegetation.
  • Worker foraging on ground.
  • Worker foraging on flower.
  • Mound, 5km N Roque Bluffs State Park, Maine.

Identification

A member of the Formica exsecta group.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

This species is a temporary parasite for the ant Formica fusca (a host).

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • ulkei. Formica ulkei Emery, 1893i: 653, pl. 22, fig. 7 (w.) U.S.A. Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 486 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953c: 168 (l.); Hung, 1969: 456 (k.). Senior synonym of hebescens: Creighton, 1950a: 515. See also: Smith, D.R. 1979: 1456.
  • hebescens. Formica ulkei var. hebescens Wheeler, W.M. 1913f: 487 (w.) U.S.A. Junior synonym of ulkei: Creighton, 1950a: 515.

Description

Karyotype

  • n = 26 (USA) (Hung, 1969).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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