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Ant - Solenopsis

Ant - Solenopsis
McAllen Nature Center, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
February 23, 2018
Size: 7 mm
In soil.

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Ant - Solenopsis Ant - Solenopsis

Moved from Ants.

Carebara longii, I believe
Did you collect it? I don't know if this rare species is known from that far south yet. Online records show them from the Dallas area to Central Texas.

No, I let this one go.

Not sure about Carebara
This ant lacks the sculpture typical of C. longii. Might be a Solenopsis. Queens often have 11 antennomeres in Solenopsis.
Do you recall the body length of this species?

Antennal club and petiole don
Antennal club and petiole don't look quite right to be Carebara either but if Solenopsis then I don't know which one.

Saw the color, which I should know to be pretty unreliable and got a bit carried away and didn't check for any other features, my mistake.

Good news
I found another one (same site, same habitat - also in soil). It is 7mm long. I can shoot specific features if it'd be helpful!

A couple of features...
Mandibular dentition and a good profile of the waist segments (no legs in the way) would be good.
Also, if you can get one of her lined up along a millimeter rule to confirm the measurement, that would be excellent.

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