Overview of species Liometopum apiculatum from AntWeb. The nest of Liometopum apiculatum Mayr. Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Robert E. Gregg. Follow this and additional works at: In rural areas of Mexico, the native “escamolera” ant (Liometopum apiculatum Mayr) is socioeconomically important. However, this ant is being exploited.

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A test with cacti and cactus-tending ants.

Additional Notes Large colonies of up to 85, individuals and aggressive workers help make Liometopum apiculatum a dominant species in its favored habitats. Also, we recorded the highest ant-nest densities at the disturbance levels B and A with an overall average of 6.

Species: Liometopum apiculatum – AntWeb

There also appears to be little difference in the liometopym whether ants are moving towards or away from the nest, or between large and small workers during the summer months. Foraging columns can also be located under the ground and litter, surfacing underneath ground level objects such as rocks and downed wood.

Workers have been attracted to various foods used as baits including apple sauce, sausage, vegetable soup, sugar liometopuum, and cookies. Determining optimal scales for biodiversity modeling.

Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien During spring-summerfourteen habitat variables were evaluated, habitat use by the ant was identified and apicculatum nest density was estimated.

Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Thermokinetics of Liometopum apiculatum Mayr.

Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. In some habitats, the nests are deep under heavy boulders or large trees. A myrmecologist on a forum i. This article incorporates text from a scholarly publication published under a paiculatum license that allows anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the materials in any form for any purpose: Liometopum apiculatum are opportunistic carnivores and granivoresand have also been observed foraging on dead insects, larger colonies being more predaceous.

Ants are able to modify environmental conditions to create appropriate microhabitats Hithford et al. Apiculaatum trail routes can persist for many years Shapley Insects as human food: Retrieved from ” https: The climate in the area is semidry temperate BS 0 kw x’ with rainfall occurring from June to September.


University of California liomeyopum in Entomology.

AntCatcher11 may have referred to me, but I will now publicly defer to Dr. In this study, the ant uses habitat components differentially, showing higher occurrence in certain combinations of them.

Insects has been considered bioindicators of anthropogenic disturbance, they have been recognized as important indicators of ecosystem quality due to their rapid response to environmental variability Otavo et al. A study by Conconi et al. Therefore, the coverage offered by grasses, herbaceous plants, shrubs, woody plants and cacti is important for the species.

The time spent exploring, excavating, and removing excavated materials and waste are usually higher throughout the day, while oviposition, brood care, and inactivity increase at night. Additional Notes Large colonies of up to 85, individuals and aggressive workers help make Liometopum apiculatum a dominant species in its favored habitats.

Note on the thermokinetics of dolichoderine ants. The chambers are connected by various galleries.

Bugguide is hosted by: Workers disappearing under a rock that can be flipped over, for example, are typically found to be using the covering object to make their way into one of their underground ,iometopum. This behavior is possibly due to agricultural activities, which occur at lower elevations. This species nests together with Paratrechina austrocciduaLasius sitiens several nestsLasius pallitarsisTapinoma sessileForelius and Camponotus vicinus.


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Workers are polymorphic with the largest individuals approaching the size of small Formica workers. I think this might be Liometopum apiculatum, but this species does not appear to be represented in the guide. Bugguide is hosted by: Escamolera ant larvae can be an economically viable resource, but are being extracted unsustainably.


In this study, ant preferred southwest-facing slopes as nest sites as did ants reported by Ramos-Elorduy et al. In this study, they studied the life cycle of this species under different apiulatum of humidity, temperature, and substrate. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Contributed by Bob Barber on 26 May, – 8: Effects liometopim three species of Chihuahuan Desert ants on annual plants and soil properties.

To determine the habitat components that better explain the presence of the escamolera ant in the aplculatum area, we compared information of variables described in Table 1collected at 54 ant nests and at random plots within the study area.

The obligate endosymbionts were also investigated through microscopic analysis.

Liometopum apiculatum

They can also be indicators of ecosystem changes and used to rehabilitate logging and grazing areas Andersen and Majer, Shattuck considered L. Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune There were significant differences in the observed and expected frequencies for the variables vegetation type, slope of the terrain, aspect and elevation Table 6.

After a while the workers begin to bite the legs and wings of the alates, forcing them to climb the nearest plant. The quantified variables and methods of their assessment are described in Table 1. Particularly, in semiarid ecosystems of central Mexico, this ant has undergone an overharvesting by rural communities, which decimates its populations by nest destruction Ramos-Elorduy et al.