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Neivamyrmex mojave (M. R. Smith) HNS

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Eciton (Neivamyrmex) mojave M. R. Smith HNS , 1943: 196 (m). U. S. A. , California , Mojave Desert ( USNM ) examined. Creighton, 1950: 73 (m).

Neivamyrmex mojave HNS : Borgmeier, 1955: 633 - 635 (m). Watkins, 1976: 25; map 47 (m).

DISTRIBUTION (Map. 5)

UNITED STATES: Southern California; MEXICO: Baja California Sur.

SPECIMENS EXAMINED

UNITED STATES , CALIFORNIA , Riverside Co. : Riverside ( LACM ) . San Bernardino Co. : Mojave Desert ( USNM ) ; 4 mi. NNWAdelanto 2900 ' ( LACM ) .

MEXICO , BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR : 8.4 mi W on Ramal a Los Naranjo , at light ( LACM ) .

DISCUSSION

This species has been previously known only from the type specimen, from an unknown locality in the Mojave Desert. The specimen from north of Adelanto was picked up dead on the ground.

Neivamyrmex mojave HNS is evidently nearest to N. microps HNS and superficially looks much like that ant. However it may be distinguished from that species by the non-toothed volsella, and differences in coloration. This species might also be mistaken for N. minor HNS but may be readily distinguished from that species by the small size of the ocelli.

The recently described N. nyensis Watkins HNS may be the worker form of this species.

Automontage images of this species are available at antweb. org

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