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Tucson AZ, Nov 30 2018 Temnothorax? ID

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Best Answer gcsnelling , December 1 2018 - 3:33 PM

You need to keep in mind that there are several look alike species, although this may indeed be the one and only true to life T. rugatulatus, it also may not be, even though the specimens pictured do resemble that species. I would not be confident putting a specific name on these based on the evidence here. I would call it Temnothorax sp.

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#1 Offline Maculata - Posted November 29 2018 - 10:22 PM

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Thread Summary: Temnothorax sp.

 

1. Location (on a map) of collection: Central Tucson, AZ

2. Date of collection: Summer 2018
3. Habitat of collection: Sonoran Desert, 2000ft, urban mesquite trees and cactus
4. Length (from head to gaster): Queen 4mm, workers 2.5mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: 
6. Distinguishing characteristics: 
7. Distinguishing behavior: calm, polygynous / polygyne (2 queen colony)

8. Nest description: Unknown

9. Nuptial flight time and date: Summer 2018

 

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Edited by Maculata, December 2 2018 - 9:40 PM.


#2 Offline gcsnelling - Posted November 30 2018 - 3:30 AM

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Yup.



#3 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 30 2018 - 5:23 AM

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I'm thinking Temnothorax rugalatus.


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#4 Offline Maculata - Posted December 1 2018 - 1:23 PM

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More picts

 

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#5 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted December 1 2018 - 2:58 PM

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Yeah, Temnothorax rugalatus.


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#6 Offline gcsnelling - Posted December 1 2018 - 3:33 PM   Best Answer

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You need to keep in mind that there are several look alike species, although this may indeed be the one and only true to life T. rugatulatus, it also may not be, even though the specimens pictured do resemble that species. I would not be confident putting a specific name on these based on the evidence here. I would call it Temnothorax sp.


Edited by gcsnelling, December 1 2018 - 3:38 PM.


#7 Offline Maculata - Posted December 5 2018 - 1:44 AM

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8 more better macro shots... any chance of a species guess?

 

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Edited by Maculata, December 5 2018 - 10:01 PM.


#8 Offline Maculata - Posted December 16 2018 - 12:23 AM

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Taking care of business...

 

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