Other Common Names
Slender Crazy Ant (1)
, Black Crazy Ant (TISI), Long-legged Crazy ANt
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paratrechina longicorni (Latreille)
Orig. Comb: Formica longicornis Latreille, 1802
1 Nearctic sp. (adventive)
Bluish reflections are characteristic of this species.
adventive and widespread across so. tier of US states (CA-TX-FL), with (indoor?) records as north to se. Canada - Map (3)
may be the world's most widespread ant species (Wetterer 2008); native to the Old World tropics, (prob. originated from SE Asia or Melanesia)
a common pest ant in houses and seems peculiarly adapted to the interior and immediate vicinity of human habitations - AntWeb
Host species for the ant cricket Myrmecophilus americanus
O’Keefe, S.T., J.L. Cook, T. Dudek, D.F. Wunneburger, M.D. Guzman, R.N. Coulson, and S.B. Vinson. 2000. The distribution of ants in Texas. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplemental Issue No. 22. 92 pp. (4)
Trager JC. 1984. A revision of the genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the continental United States. Sociobiology 9: 51-162.
Wetterer JK 2008. Worldwide spread of the longhorn crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidea). Myrmecological News 11: 137-149.
Wetterer et al. 1999. Ecological dominance by Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), an invasive tramp ant, in Biosphere 2. Florida Entomologist 82(3): 381-388.
- J.C. Nickerson & K.A. Barbara, UF - 2015