Formicoxenus Mayr

Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 32

publication ID

10.5281/zenodo.171144

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scientific name

Formicoxenus Mayr
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Genus Formicoxenus Mayr 

A single species, F. diversipilosus (M. Smith)  occurs in northern California, where it lives as a “guest­ant” in the mound nests of species in the Formica rufa  ­group, such as F. i n t e ­ groides Wheeler and F. obscuripes Forel. Colonies  of Formicoxenus  occupy dead twigs within the larger mound nests, and apparently scavenge organic material gathered by the host ant. References: Alpert and Akre (1973), Bolton (2003), Buschinger (1979 a), Francoeur et al. (1985), Lenoir et al. (1997), Smith (1939 c), Snelling (1965 a).