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Species Myrmecophilus americanus - Old World Ant Cricket

May be Myrmecophilus americanus - Myrmecophilus americanus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Gryllidea (Crickets)
Family Myrmecophilidae (Ant Crickets)
Genus Myrmecophilus
Species americanus (Old World Ant Cricket)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Myrmecophilus (Myrmophilina) americanus Saussure, 1877
Identification
Dark brown with a lighter stripe on the posterior half of mesonotum; no other North American ant cricket has this color pattern (Wetterer & Hugel 2014)
Range
Introduced; first found in the U.S. (south FL) 1989-2000
Habitat
Inquiline in the nests of the ant Paratrechina longicornis (Wetterer & Hugel 2014)
Remarks
Originally described from 'Colombia', but apparently native instead to tropical Asia and Melanesia (Wetterer & Hugel 2014)
Print References
Wetterer JK, Hugel S. 2014. First north American records of the old world ant cricket Myrmecophilus americanus (Orthoptera, Myrmecophilidae). Fla. Entomol. 97(1): 126-129. [full text PDF]
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