Neivamyrmex rugulosus Borgmeier,

Snelling, G. C. & Snelling, R. R., 2007, New synonymy, new species, new keys to Neivamyrmex army ants of the United States., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 459-550: 489

publication ID

21290

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scientific name

Neivamyrmex rugulosus Borgmeier
status

 

Neivamyrmex rugulosus Borgmeier  HNS 

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Neivamyrmex rugulosus Borgmeier  HNS  , 1953: 49 (w). MEXICO, Jalisco, Zapotlan ) ( AMNH)  .

Eciton (Acamatus) schmitti Pergande  HNS  , 1895: 874. Misidentification

Eciton (Acamatus) sumichrasti Wheeler  HNS  , 1908: 410. Misidentification

DISTRIBUTION (Map 4)

UNITED STATES: Arizona; MEXICO: Jalisco, Nayarit, Sonora (Watkins, 1982).

SPECIMENS EXAMINED

UNITED STATES, ARIZONA, Cochise Co.: 0.3 mi W Southwest Research Station , 5500 ', Chiricahua Mts. ( LACM, MCZC)  ; Cave Creek , Chiricahua Mts. ( LACM, SEMC, USNM, WPMC)  ; Southwest Research Station , 5400 ’ ( WPMC)  ; 3.5 mi. NW Portal , mesquite foothills, 5450 ', raiding Pheidole desertorum  HNS  ( GCSC, LACM, RAJC)  .

DISCUSSION

This is a poorly known species, which has been collected in the United States only a handful of times. All of our records are from the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona where it has been collected above the 5000 - foot level. Although records are few in the United States it is probable that the species is more widespread than currently indicated, however this appears to be a primarily Mexican species that is at the extreme northern limit of its range in the United States. Little is known of the biology of this species, and the only prey records for it are other ant species: Trachymyrmex arizonensis  HNS  (LaPolla et al., 2002) and Pheidole desertorum  HNS  (R. A. Johnson, pers. comm.).

LaPolla et al. (2002) mention that a male of N. rugulosus  HNS  had been collected near Portal , Arizona.  That male is in the LACM collections. We are unable to distinguish between this male and those of N. harrisi  HNS  . Since they note that it was attracted to a head lamp, the association of this male with N. rugulosus  HNS  appears to be accidental.

AMNH

USA, New York, New York, American Museum of Natural History

AMNH

USA, New York, New York, American Museum of Natural History

LACM

USA, California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

SEMC

USA, Kansas, Lawrence, University of Kansas, Snow Entomological Museum

USNM

USA, Washington D.C., National Museum of Natural History, [formerly, United States National Museum]

GCSC

Gordon C. Snelling

LACM

USA, California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History