Ants of Florida: identification and natural history by Mark Deyrup

By Mark Deyrup

Ants are widespread to each naturalist, ecologist, entomologist, and pest keep watch over operator. The id of the 233 species of Florida ants is technically tricky, and data on Florida ants is dispersed between enormous quantities of technical magazine articles. This booklet makes use of exact and lovely clinical drawings for handy id. To so much Florida biologists ants are at the moment the main inaccessible team of conspicuous and intrusive bugs. This e-book solves the dual difficulties of ant id and the extreme fragmentation of common historical past information regarding Florida ants.

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There can be no confusion between the genera in Florida, as we have only one species, Anochetus mayri, whose small size (approximately 4 mm) and double-pointed petiole immediately distinguish it from Florida Odontomachus, which are larger (9 mm or more) with a single petiolar spine. Like Odontomachus, Anochetus has a snapping mechanism that can close the jaws with great force and speed, disabling small prey. Foraging is usually nocturnal, and prey is captured by ambush or slow stalking (Brown 1978).

Triangularis (Lattke 1995). Distribution: Native distribution is from Panama into Bolivia (Brown 1958a). In the United States, this species is known from several sites in Florida and Alabama. In Florida, it is known from only a few sites, and never seems abundant. At this point, it is one of Florida’s rarer exotics. Natural History: This remarkable species has been studied in Venezuela by Lattke (1990). He found nests, containing approximately 80–120 workers, in fallen logs and branches. In four nests that he examined, the only prey remains were those of millipedes, whose disarticulated segmental rings surrounded the area near the nest entrance.

There is a botanical garden, which might be a possible source of exotic ants, and movies supposedly set in the tropics used the clear springs for photogenic and relatively safe and convenient locales. The most famous of these were the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies shot in Silver Springs between 1932 and 1942, in which aquatic adventures in Silver Springs are jarringly intermixed with old footage from Africa and elsewhere. Perhaps tropical plants in containers were brought in for some scenes.

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