Key to Manica of North America

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This key is based on the key on the Manica key found on page 108 in: Creighton, W. S. 1950. The ants of North America. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. 104:1-585. PDF

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  • Postpetiole with a prominent, conical, ventral protuberance which projects forward beneath the posterior peduncle of the petiole . . . . . Manica hunteri
Head of Manica hunteri worker
Profile of Manica hunteri worker
  • Petiole without a ventral protuberance or with a small, rounded, ventral projection which does not extend forward beneath the posterior peduncle of the petiole . . . . . 2

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  • Posterior face of the node of the petiole sculptured and opaque; the entire ant dull yellow or orange . . . . . Manica invidia
Head of Manica invidia worker
Profile of Manica invidia worker
  • Posterior face of the node of the petiole in large part smooth and shining; at least the head and gaster piceous brown . . . . . 3

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  • Thoracic sculpture feeble and its surface moderately to strongly shining; color uniform piceaous brown . . . . . Manica parasitica
Head of Manica parasitica worker
Profile of Manica parasitica worker
  • Thoracic rugae coarse and prominent, its surface scarcely shining; head and gaster piceous brown, the thorax clear yellow to reddish yellow . . . . . Manica bradleyi
Head of Manica bradleyi worker
Profile of Manica bradleyi worker