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Species Tetramorium bicarinatum - Tramp Ant

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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 Crematogastrini
Genus Tetramorium
Species bicarinatum (Tramp Ant)
Other Common Names
Guinea Groove-headed Ant(1) Pavement Ant
NB: the name 'Tramp Ant' is used to refer to several unrelated spp. in different places
Explanation of Names
Latin carina 'keel'(2) (reference to grooved head)
native to Africa, introduced into the US through commerce; now common in the south and ranges into so. Canada (map)
It is not an aggressive invader of structures, but is commonly found along sidewalks, driveways, in and around flowerbeds, around foundations of buildings and in rotting wood.
They have large polygynous (multiple queen) colonies with polydomous (multiple nest) habits. The nests may be widely distributed in a given area. - TAMU
prefers sugar-rich food; in nature, tends and protects aphids, mealybugs, and scales for honeydew
Internet References
Fact sheetd: TAMU, LSU
Works Cited
1.Exotic ants in Florida
Deyrup M., Davis L., Cover S. 2000. Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 126: 293-326.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.