Amblyopone Erichson

Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 25

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Amblyopone Erichson


Genus Amblyopone Erichson  

Ants in the genus Amblyopone   have cryptic foraging habits and are specialist predators on geophilomorph centipedes and other arthropods living in soil or rotten wood. Two species are known from California: A. oregonensis (Wheeler)   is found in shaded, medium¬≠elevation coniferous forests in northern California, while A. pallipes (Haldeman)   is widespread in chaparral and low elevation woodland.

Species identification: Ward (1988). Additional references: Brown (1960 a), Creighton (1940 b), Haskins (1928), Lattke (1991 d), Lacau and Delabie (2002), Traniello (1978, 1982).