Forelius Emery

Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 26

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10.5281/zenodo.171144

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Forelius Emery
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Genus Forelius Emery 

These are hyperactive, thermophilic, ground­nesting ants, with two species ( F. mccooki  and F. pruinosus  ) in California. Colonies are polygynous, and the workers have conspicuous foraging trails. Some nest series consist of individuals phenotypically intermediate between F. mccooki  and F. pruinosus  , indicating the possibility of introgression between the two forms. Taxonomic difficulties with the group have been discussed previously (under “Taxonomic Changes”).

Species identification: key in Wheeler and Wheeler (1986g). Additional references: Cuezzo (2000), Holway et al. (2002), Scheffrahn et al. (1984), Shattuck (1992 c), Snelling and George (1979), Yensen et al. (1980).