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Species Aphaenogaster mariae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Myrmicinae
Tribe Stenammini
Genus Aphaenogaster (Spine-waisted Ants)
Species mariae (Aphaenogaster mariae)
Explanation of Names
Aphaenogaster mariae (Forel, 1886)

"August Forel named this species for Mrs. Mary Treat, who sent him a specimen from Florida."(1)
Identification
Striations fanning out from the base of the gaster:
Range
Scattered records from across the eastern US.
Habitat
Uncommon, seems to be an arboreal ant, an unusual one in this genus of primarily ground/rotten wood nesting ants. Many records of them come from tree baiting.
Works Cited
1.Ants of Florida: Identification and Natural History
Mark Deyrup. 2016. CRC Press .