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Queen Ant ID (Temnothorax sp.) (Trabuco Canyon, CA) (7-4-2015)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 4 2015 - 11:18 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

1. Location of collection: Trabuco Canyon, California.
2. Date of collection:  4-29-2015.
3. Habitat of collection:  Chaparral, oak forest.
4. Length (from head to gaster):  3.5 mm.
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture:  Desaturated maize.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Hairs short, and appear as if they were chopped off; hairs sparse and very evenly spaced on gaster, with very little pubescence; 12 antennal segments.
7. Anything else distinctive:
8. Nest description:







#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 4 2015 - 11:20 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

This is actually the species I have been keeping for over a year, and recently found a whole bunch of. I just realized I had this mixed with another species that looked very much like it. The original ID thread was for the other species, so I just decided to make this one for the record.

#3 Offline kellakk - Posted July 24 2015 - 9:09 AM


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I think this is in the bicarinata complex of the pilifera group, which means that it's one of 4 species: bicarinata, cerebrosior, paiute, and yaqui.

Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)

#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 23 2017 - 6:19 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Not sure why I didn't update this at the time, but this turned out to be Temnothorax afterall. They were originally thought to have 11 antennal segments by James C. Trager but the latest much higher resolution microscope pictures show 12.

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