Ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Jornada

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Entries based largely on collection records in W. MacKay and E. MacKay. 2002. The Ants of New Mexico. Edwin Mellen Press, NY and collections of B. Bestelmeyer. All entries represent collections within the Jornada Basin (JRN).

Important statistics

Species number at JRN: 74

Species number in North America: 751

Number of new species recently described from JRN: 4

Notes

JRN is an exceptionally species rich site (at about 10% of the entire North American fauna). This is probably due to the intensity of work here but also due to the geographic position of the area and the diversity of ant habitats.

Creosotebush-dominated (Larrea tridentata) communities, especially on the Summerford bajada, are the most species rich habitats in JRN. This plant community type is also the source of several newly described species.

Subfamily
Notes
Species
 
 
 
Ponerinae
 
Hypoponera opacior (Forel)

			

			

			
Cerapachyinae

			
Acanthostichus punctiscapus MacKay
Type locality, from Larrea tridentata community
Cerapachys davisi M. Smith
Locally rare, from Larrea tridentata community

			

			
Ecitoninae

			
Neivamyrmex fallax Borgmeier

			
Neivamyrmex harrisii (Haldeman)

			
Neivamyrmex macropterus Borgmeier

			
Neivamyrmex minor (Cresson)

			
Neivamyrmex nigrescens (Cresson)

			
Neivamyrmex swainsonii (Shuckard)

			
Neivamyrmex texanus Watkins

			

			

			
Myrmicinae

			
Aphaenogaster cockerelli Andre
Genus used to be Novomessor
Aphaenogaster punctaticeps MacKay
Type locality, from Larrea tridentata community
Crematogaster californica Wheeler

			
Crematogaster cerasi (Fitch)

			
Crematogaster depilis Wheeler

			
Crematogaster hespera Buren

			
Crematogaster larreae Buren

			
Crematogaster opuntiae Buren

			
Crematogaster punctulata Emery

			
Cyphomyrmex wheeleri Forel
Rare, from Larrea tridentata community
Monomorium cyaneum Wheeler

			
Monomorium minimum (Buckley)

			
Pheidole cerebrosior Wheeler

			
Pheidole desertorum Wheeler

			
Pheidole hyatti Emery

			
Pheidole militicida Wheeler

			
Pheidole obtusospinosa Pergande

			
Pheidole rugulosa Gregg

			
Pheidole sciophila Wheeler

			
Pheidole tepicana Pergande

			
Pheidole tetra Creighton

			
Pheidole tucsonica Wheeler

			
Pheidole xerophila Wheeler

			
Pogonomyrmex apache Wheeler

			
Pogonomyrmex barbatus (Smith)

			
Pogonomyrmex californicus (Buckley)

			
Pogonomyrmex desertorum Wheeler

			
Pogonomyrmex imberbiculus Wheeler

			
Pogonomyrmex maricopa Wheeler

			
Pogonomyrmex rugosus Emery

			
Pogonomyrmex texanus Francke&Merickel

			
Rogeria foreli Emery

			
Solenopsis amblychila Wheeler
There may be confusion between aurea and amblychila
Solenopsis aurea Wheeler

			
Solenopsis krockowi Wheeler

			
Solenopsis pergandei Forel

			
Solenopsis xyloni McCook

			
Solenopsis sp. nov.

			
Temnothorax bestelmeyeri Mackay
Genus used to be Leptothorax; Type locality, from Larrea tridentata community
Temnothorax colleenae Mackay
Type locality, from Larrea tridentata community
Temnothorax neomexicanus Wheeler

			
Temnothorax olbiquicanthus Cole

			
Temnothorax pergandei Emery
Locally rare, from Larrea tridentata community
Tetramorium hispidum (Wheeler)

			
Trachymyrmex smithi Buren

			
Tranopelta sp.

			

			

			
Dolichoderinae

			
Dorymyrmex bicolor Wheeler
Genus used to be Conomyrma
Dorymyrmex flavus McCook

			
Dorymyrmex insanus (Buckley)

			
Forelius mccooki McCook
Genus used to be Iridomyrmex
Forelius pruinosus (Roger)

			
Liometopum apiculatum Mayr

			

			

			
Formicinae

			
Brachymyrmex depilis Emery

			
Camponotus festinatus (Buckley)

			
Camponotus ulcerosus Wheeler

			
Formica perpilosa Wheeler

			
Myrmecocystus depilis Forel

			
Myrmecocystus mexicanus Wesmael

			
Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler

			
Myrmecocystus navajo Wheeler

			
Myrmecocystus placodops Forel

			
Myrmecocystus romainei Snelling

			
Paratrechina terricola (Buckley)

			
Paratrechina vividula (Nylander)