Leptothorax faberi

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Leptothorax faberi
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Leptothorax
Species: L. faberi
Binomial name
Leptothorax faberi
Buschinger, 1983

This species is an inquiline in the nest of an unidentified Leptothorax species. Queens live in the nest of a different ant species, have no workers and are entirely dependent on their hosts for food. The queens produce eggs that are cared for and raised to maturity by the host workers.

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • faberi. Leptothorax faberi Buschinger, 1983: 198, figs. 1-5 (w.q.m.) CANADA. See also: Loiselle, Francoeur, Fischer & Buschinger, 1990: 329.



  • n = 15 (Canada) (Buschinger, 1982).
  • n = 16 (Canada) (Fischer, 1987).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Buschinger, A. 1982. Leptothorax faberi n.sp., an Apparently Parasitic Ant from Jasper National Park, Canada (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 89:197-210
  • Buschinger, A. and A. Schulz. 2008. Leptothorax athabasca sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Alberta, Canada and ant with an apparently restricted range. Myrmecological News 11:243-248
  • Heinze, J. 1995. The Origin of Workerless Parasites in Leptothorax (S. Str.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 102 (3-4) :195-214