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Myrmex egregius (Casey) - Myrmex egregius

Myrmex egregius (Casey) - Myrmex egregius
Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER), Florida Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Pima County, Arizona, USA
July 29, 2013
Det. Robert Anderson, 2015

coll'ed at lights, spmn deposited into the TAMUIC

BugGuide Gathering_2013 at the SRER

Moved from Myrmex ulkei.

So are those 'teeth' on the femures diagnostic?

wow -- what a feat!
Mike found a weevil new to Arizona practically in Charlie's backyard... headline news, if you ask me.

Moved from Myrmex.

Myrmex ulkei (Horn) A new state record. Known only from CA and Baja in Maxico.


Myrmex egregius (Casey)
I have checked the collection and this is not M. ulkei but rather is Myrmex egregius (Casey 1892). We have a number of specimens in the collection from Arizona. It is very similar to M. arizonicus which is found on mistletoes but the femoral tooth is larger in M. egregius (the largest I have seen in the genus) and the eyes are larger and closer together. You can see both characters clearly in the photo. Myrmex ulkei is a different thing with dense radiate-pectinate scales covering the elytra. We have a few from Baja and I'll try to get a photo uploaded in the next couple of days so you can see the differences.

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