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Dual-Species Lasius (Acanthomyops) Colony

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#1 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted September 22 2020 - 5:25 PM

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I found a new Acanthomyops colony in the forest today, and I noticed variation in the workers, so I decided to take samples of both variants. I put them under the microscope, and it appears I have found a dual-species colony. I've heard that this happens somewhat often in Acanthomyops, and that it was usually not noticeable until flights. With a rough ID, I think they are Lasius claviger and Lasius subglaber

 

The cf. subglaber

 

The cf. claviger

 

Both


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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 22 2020 - 5:39 PM

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Did you get a queen?

#3 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted September 22 2020 - 5:48 PM

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Did you get a queen?

No.



#4 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 22 2020 - 6:18 PM

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Wow, that subglaber worker is extremely pale if it isn't a callow.


Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#5 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 24 2020 - 1:02 PM

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Wow, that subglaber worker is extremely pale if it isn't a callow.

Yep. That’s how they look.





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