Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Protomognathus americanus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- Needs updating
Protomognathus americanus is a species of ant that is 2–3 mm in size and the sole member of the genus Protomognathus. It is endemic to the northeastern United States and adjacent Canadian regions. P. americanus is a species of slave-maker ant. They do not forage for food, but instead 'scout workers' from the colony seek out nearby host colonies of ants, steal larvae and bring them back to their own colony. A small P. americanus colony could consist of a queen, two to five workers and thirty to sixty slaves.
- Social Insects Specialist Group 1996. Protomognathus americanus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 August 2007.
- Davies, Davies (8 November 2010). "Slave-making ants target the strong not the weak". BBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- Pohl, Sebastian; Foitzik, Susanne (2011). "Slave-making ants prefer larger, better defended host colonies". Animal Behaviour 81 (1): 61–68. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.09.006. Retrieved 20 August 2014.