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Help For Those Unsure of Species Distribution


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#1 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 1 2020 - 1:27 PM

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   So, I have a suggestion. Before you make an ID, type the species into here to see if it is actually present in the state that is listed in the post.  Of course, in very rare cases, it will not be accurate, but, it is very useful. That is all! 

https://antmaps.org/...species

 

I hope that everyone finds this useful!


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#2 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted June 1 2020 - 1:37 PM

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I use antmaps all the time, actually. It's very helpful, and I encourage other to use it!


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#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 1 2020 - 1:53 PM

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So do I. Even AntWiki, which is ran by myrmecologists, uses it.


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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#4 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 1 2020 - 2:38 PM

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Great resource for seeing if specific species live close by. I use it all the time along with AntWeb's local species list which I found was better than just telling me they are in California. Here is the Bay Area one https://www.antweb.o...nts&images=true if you click on the species you want, and click map at the top, it will basically just show you the AntMaps for that species (since I think most of the entries in AntMaps is from AntWeb anyway). One thing I do wish was that you could zoom in more and see exactly where the species were found. 


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Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 1 2020 - 5:45 PM

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You just click on the point and it gives you the exact coordinates. ;)


Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#6 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 1 2020 - 8:01 PM

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Yep, I know, I just wish you could see it without copy pasting it into google maps (wouldn't be that hard to do right?). Also, I wish you could just see all the entries and hover over the dots to see the species. I don't know how practical that is but would help me plan better when going to places instead of searching up a ton of different species (30 tabs open for just antsmaps). It tells you everything in California, but CA is a big state and not always easily accessible. IDK just some thoughts, rambling, and ranting.

 

Edit: Also, Jasper Ridge is really close and has basically almost all the bay area species listed as found there, but there's no way I'm getting in since I'm not a researcher and its Stanford private property. 


Edited by rcbuggy88, June 1 2020 - 8:07 PM.

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Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#7 Offline Mdrogun - Posted June 2 2020 - 6:24 AM

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Please, please keep in mind people that antmaps.org is only going to show you reported species in an area or state, and many of the records they rely on don't always have a location. I would like to say that our knowledge of ant species' distribution is quite accurate, but to be honest, I don't think it is. For example, West Virginia has a total native species count of 55 species on antmaps.org. For reference, Illinois has 146. Do you really think that Illinois has 3x as many species as West Virginia? Of course not. It's a useful tool, but its limitations should be kept in mind.


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Currently Keeping:
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

Pheidole pilifera

Forelius sp. (Monogynous, bicolored) "Midwestern Forelius"
Crematogaster cerasi

Pheidole bicarinata

Aphaenogaster rudis

Camponotus chromaiodes

Formica sp. (microgena species)

Nylanderia cf. arenivega


#8 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 2 2020 - 6:30 AM

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I did state that it has some inaccuracies. It seems to be especially so in West Virginia. It makes sense though, it is very mountainous, and so harder to make records.

Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#9 Offline Mdrogun - Posted June 2 2020 - 6:32 AM

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I did state that it has some inaccuracies. It seems to be especially so in West Virginia. It makes sense though, it is very mountainous, and so harder to make records.

It honestly seems more related to the level of wealth in each state put towards ant research. It's not entirely a coincidence that some of the wealthiest states in the US are also some of the most diverse. Once you look outside of the United States, it becomes even more apparent.


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Currently Keeping:
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

Pheidole pilifera

Forelius sp. (Monogynous, bicolored) "Midwestern Forelius"
Crematogaster cerasi

Pheidole bicarinata

Aphaenogaster rudis

Camponotus chromaiodes

Formica sp. (microgena species)

Nylanderia cf. arenivega





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