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Genus Monomorium - Pharaoh and Timid Ants

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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 Solenopsidini
Genus Monomorium (Pharaoh and Timid Ants)
Explanation of Names
Monomorium Mayr 1855
Numbers
Nearctica lists 10 species. ITIS lists over 300.
Size
Worker: 1-2mm long
Identification
From yellow to brown or red.
Range
Continent-wide in the US, barely entering Canada. (Most diverse in Africa and Australasia)
Habitat
Natives are soil-dwelling, introduced species in buildings, one plant-inhabiting.
Remarks
The species Monomorium pharaonis is introduced, present in the whole world, probably originally from Africa. It is major indoor pest in the US. In colder climates it lives in heated buildings.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Univ. of Florida