Neivamyrmex melshaemeri (Haldemann, 1852),

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: 479

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21290

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scientific name

Neivamyrmex melshaemeri (Haldemann, 1852)
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Neivamyrmex melshaemeri (Haldemann, 1852)  HNS 

Figures 115, 128, 139

Labidus melshaemeri Haldemann  HNS  , 1852: 368; pl. 9 fig. 7 - 9 (m). U. S. A, Texas, Fort Gates (type lost).

Eciton (Labidus) melshaemeri  HNS  : Mayr, 1886 c: 442. Emery, 1895: 261 (m). Emery, 1896: 33.

Eciton (Acamatus) melshaemeri  HNS  : Emery, 1900: 516, 525 (m). Emery, 1910: 26.

Eciton melsheimeri  HNS  : Forel, 1899: 28 (m).

Eciton (Acamatus) melshaemeri  HNS  : Wheeler, 1908: 418 (m).

Eciton (Neivamyrmex) melshaemeri  HNS  : M. R. Smith, 1942: 576 (m). M. R. Smith, 1951: 780. Creighton, 1950: 73.

Neivamyrmex  HNS  melsheimeri: Borgmeier, 1955: 647 - 649 (m). Watkins, 1972: 351 (m). Watkins, 1976: 23 (m); Watkins, 1982: 213 (m).

DISTRIBUTION (Map 7)

UNITED STATES: Louisiana and Oklahoma west to Texas; MEXICO: Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi south to Chiapas and Yucatan; SOUTH AMERICA.

SPECIMENS EXAMINED

UNITED STATES, LOUISIANA, Beauregard Parish: DeRidder ( LACM)  . TEXAS, Bexar Co.: San Antonio ( CASC)  . Brazos Co.: College Station ( TAMU, WPMC)  ; 16 km W Bryan ( WPMC)  . Cameron Co.: nr. Southmost Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary ( TAMU, WPMC)  ; Brownsville ( LACM, GCSC, UCBC, USNM)  . Dimmit Co.: Winter Haven ( MINN)  . Grayson Co., Sherman ( TAMU)  . Liberty Co.: Devers ( CUIC)  . Matagorda Co.: Blessing ( TAMU)  . Morris Co.: Dangerfield ( TAMU)  . Tarrant Co.: Fort Worth ( LACM)  . Travis Co.: Austin ( TAMU)  . Val Verde Co.: Juno ( CUIC)  . Victoria Co.: Victoria ( CUIC)  . Wharton Co.: Wharton ( CUIC, LACM)  .

MEXICO, CHIAPAS: 12 mi N. Ocozocoautla ( TAMU)  . TAMAULIPAS: Ciudad Victoria ( WPMC)  ; Ciudad Victoria , Canon La Libertad ( TAMU)  .

DISCUSSION

This common small species can be confused with no other United States species. The long flexuous hairs on the body of this ant readily distinguish it from our other Neivamyrmex  HNS  . Throughout its range from the southern United States to South America this ant is morphologically quite uniform.

LACM

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

CASC

USA, California, San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences

TAMU

USA, Texas, College Station, Texas A & M University

GCSC

Gordon C. Snelling

USNM

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

CUIC

USA, New York, Ithaca, Cornell University