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A mymecophilus ptinid - Gnostus floridanus

A mymecophilus ptinid - Gnostus floridanus
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Size: 2 mm
Gnostus floridanus Blatchley, lives in nests of Crematogaster ashmeadi in the bark of living longleaf pines.

From longleaf pines . . .
The associated ants are more likely to be the sister species C. pinicola.

These myrmecophiles
really stretch the envelope of expected morphology.

Moved from Spider Beetle.

it ended up on a wrong page -- pls relocate
[and keep entertaining me with FL oddities!]

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