By Mark Deyrup
Ants are ordinary to each naturalist, ecologist, entomologist, and pest keep watch over operator. The id of the 233 species of Florida ants is technically tough, and knowledge on Florida ants is dispersed between enormous quantities of technical magazine articles. This booklet makes use of distinctive and lovely clinical drawings for handy identity. To such a lot Florida biologists ants are at present the main inaccessible workforce of conspicuous and intrusive bugs. This booklet solves the dual difficulties of ant identity and the extreme fragmentation of traditional heritage information regarding Florida ants.
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The name Gnamptogenys aculeaticoxae has been applied to the Florida population, but this name has been synonymized with G. triangularis (Lattke 1995). Distribution: Native distribution is from Panama into Bolivia (Brown 1958a). In the United States, this species is known from several sites in Florida and Alabama. In Florida, it is known from only a few sites, and never seems abundant. At this point, it is one of Florida’s rarer exotics. Natural History: This remarkable species has been studied in Venezuela by Lattke (1990).
Like Odontomachus, Anochetus has a snapping mechanism that can close the jaws with great force and speed, disabling small prey. Foraging is usually nocturnal, and prey is captured by ambush or slow stalking (Brown 1978). Nests are usually in hollow twigs in leaf litter, or in small cavities in soil, but there are some arboreal species (Brown 1978). Anochetus kempfi, a Caribbean species studied by Torres et al. (2000a), shows a number of interesting biological traits, including flightless queens, colonies that apparently reproduce by fission, and workers that attack males and some supernumerary queens.
2005). Lattke found that both adults and larvae of triangularis are resistant to cyanide, surviving for more than three hours in a potassium cyanide killing jar that dispatched other ants in less than five minutes. The male has been described under the name aculeaticoxae (Santschi 1921). Name Derivation: From triangulus (Latin), triangular; perhaps this refers to the outline of the mandibles in frontal view, or the frontal view of the head. Genus Hypoponera Mini-Ponerine Ants The genus Hypoponera (usually pronounced Hī pō pō” ne ruh) occurs in tropical and warm temperate regions.