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Small, slender, brown-red Ant with blackish ovoid abdomen, two metasomal nodes, and small propodeal spine - Cardiocondyla mauritanica - female

Small, slender, brown-red Ant with blackish ovoid abdomen, two metasomal nodes, and small propodeal spine - Cardiocondyla mauritanica - Female
Madrona Marsh Preserve, Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 10, 2011
Size: ~ 2.5 mm
Found this small, slender ant ceaselesly running on a trail.
Took a few action snaps of this athlethic lady, which appears to be a Myrmicine Ant, except for the little spine-like hump near the apex of her propodeum.
Is this a Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) ?

Images of this individual: tag all
Small, slender, brown-red Ant with blackish ovoid abdomen, two metasomal nodes, and small propodeal spine - Cardiocondyla mauritanica - female Small, slender, brown-red Ant with blackish ovoid abdomen, two metasomal nodes, and small propodeal spine - Cardiocondyla mauritanica - female

Moved
Moved from Cardiocondyla.

 
Thanks for moving em up, James !
AntWeb is a fantastic resource !

cool guys -- thanks
Moved from ID Request.

Cardiocondyla used to be ecto
Cardiocondyla used to be ectopia, but that got changed.

 
Awesome ! Thanks a lot, Gordon !
Very much appreciated ID from the expert !

This is the species your father found in your yard in 1972 !

Just out of interest: C. minutior, which is not the one on the photo above, has also been found in California, but I can't find any records.
Would you perhaps know when and/or where they have been found ?

 
C. minutior
Antweb ha this record for C. minutior: California, San Diego, San Diego; 150 m, (1982; M.S. Trepanier; UCDC)

 
Thanks a lot for the info, James !

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