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Volume 102, Issue 1-2, Pages 73-77

A Second Host Species of the Inquiline Ant Leptothorax wilsoni

Theodor-Boveri-Institut (Biozentrum der Universität), LS Verhaltensphysiologie und Soziobiologie, Am Hubland, Würzburg D-97074, Germany

Received 13 March 1995

Copyright © 1995 J. Heinze et al.


The workerless parasitic ant, Leptothorax wilsoni, as yet known only from colonies of Leptothorax cf. canadensis, was found in five colonies of a second host species, Leptothorax sp. A (sensu Heinze and Buschinger, 1989) near Escoumins, Québec. This is the first finding of an inquiline with more than one host species in the ant tribe Formicoxenni. In contrast to a previous statemem, the palp formula of L. wilsoni is 4. 3.