Temnothorax Mayr

Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 15

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.171144

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Temnothorax Mayr


Genus Temnothorax Mayr 

A recent comprehensive reorganization of the tribe Formicoxenini  by Bolton (2003) led to the division of Leptothorax  (sensu lato) into three genera: Leptothorax  , Nesomyrmex Wheeler  and Temnothorax  , of which the first and last are represented in California. Temnothorax  includes species previously placed in the subgenus Myrafant M. Smith. A revision of the New World Myrafant species by Mackay (2000) helped to improve the alphataxonomy of the group but various problems remain, particularly among the California species. In preparing a checklist of the ant fauna of this state it became necessary to tackle certain issues left unresolved by Mackay’s revision.

There is a rich Temnothorax  fauna in California, and in the adjacent Baja California peninsula ( Johnson & Ward 2002). At least ten undescribed species occur in California, here indicated by code numbers ( Temnothorax  sp. CA­01 to CA­ 10). These are the subject of ongoing taxonomic study by Roy Snelling ( LACM). In this paper I confine  myself to clarifying the nomenclature and species limits of some of the described taxa.


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