Tanonomic Keys

 

NC taxonomic keys

 

Ants of North Carolina

Prepared by Benoit Guenard, Nate Sanders and Rob Dunn

These are the most likely species to be found, so might be checked for first. That said, many of the "rare species" are rare in part because they haven't been looked for. Pick up the challenge and look for a rare NC ant... Click here, for information about ants in your kitchen.

To a list of the different taxonomical keys specific of the ants of North Carolina: click here.

Thanks to Joe MacGown for his review and help of this list.

More about the ants of the South Eastern US: click here

 

(Exotic species are shown in red)

 

Mountains Piedmont Coastal
SPECIES Subfamily      
Amblyopone pallipes (Haldeman) Amblyopone pallipes Amblyoponinae 1 1 1
Amblyopone trigonignatha Brown Amblyoponinae 1    
Aphaenogaster ashmeadi (Emery) Myrmicinae      
Aphaenogaster carolinensis Wheeler Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Aphaenogaster flemingi Smith Myrmicinae     1
Aphaenogaster floridana Smith Myrmicinae     1
Aphaenogaster fulva Roger  Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Aphaenogaster lamellidens Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Aphaenogaster mariae Forel Myrmicinae   1 1
Aphaenogaster picea (Wheeler) Myrmicinae 1    
Aphaenogaster rudis Enzmann Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (Mayr) Myrmicinae 1 1  
Aphaenogaster treatae Forel Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Brachymyrmex depilis Emery  Formicinae 1 1 1
Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr Formicinae     1
Camponotus americanus Mayr Formicinae 1 1 1
Camponotus caryae (Fitch) Formicinae   1  
Camponotus castaneus (Latreille) Formicinae 1 1 1
Camponotus chromaiodes Bolton Formicinae 1 1 1
Camponotus decipiens Emery Formicinae   1 1
Camponotus floridanus (Buckley) Formicinae     1
Camponotus impressus (Roger) Formicinae     1
Camponotus mississippiensis Smith Formicinae   1  
Camponotus nearcticus Emery Formicinae 1 1 1
Camponotus noveboracensis (Fitch) Formicinae 1    
Camponotus obliquus Smith Formicinae   1  
Camponotus pennsylvanicus (De Geer) Formicinae 1 1 1
Camponotus snellingi Bolton Formicinae   1 1
Camponotus socius Roger Formicinae   1 1
Camponotus subbarbatus Emery Formicinae 1 1  
Crematogaster ashmeadi Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Crematogaster atkinsoni Wheeler Myrmicinae   1 1
Crematogaster cerasi (Fitch) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Crematogaster laeviuscula Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Crematogaster lineolata (Say) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Crematogaster minutissima Mayr Myrmicinae   1 1
Crematogaster missuriensis Emery Myrmicinae      
Crematogaster pilosa Emery Myrmicinae   1 1
Crematogaster vermiculata Emery Myrmicinae   1 1
Cryptopone gilva (Roger) Ponerinae 1 1 1
Discothyrea testacea Roger Proceratiinae   1 1
Dolichoderus mariae Forel Dolichoderinae 1 1 1
Dolichoderus plagiatus (Mayr) Dolichoderinae   1 1
Dolichoderus pustulatus Mayr Dolichoderinae 1 1 1
Dolichoderus taschenbergi (Mayr) Dolichoderinae 1 1 1
Dorymyrmex bureni (Trager) Dolichoderinae     1
Dorymyrmex flavopectus Smith Dolichoderinae   1 1
Dorymyrmex grandulus (Forel) Dolichoderinae     1
Dorymyrmex smithi Cole Dolichoderinae   1 1
Forelius pruinosus Roger Dolichoderinae   1 1
Formica aserva Forel Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica biophilica Trager Formicinae 1    
Formica difficilis Emery Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica dolosa Buren Formicinae   1  
Formica exsectoides Forel Formicinae   1 1
Formica fusca Linnaeus Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica incerta Buren Formicinae 1    
Formica integra Nylander Formicinae 1   1
Formica neogagates Viereck Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica obscuriventris Mayr Formicinae 1    
Formica pallidefulva Latreille Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica pergandei Emery Formicidae      
Formica postoculata Kenedy & Dennis Formicidae      
Formica rubicunda Emery Formicinae 1    
Formica subintegra Wheeler Formicinae 1 1 1
Formica subsericea Wheeler Formicinae 1 1 1
Hypoponera gleadowi Forel ??? Ponerinae      
Hypoponera opacior (Forel) Ponerinae 1 1 1
Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr) Ponerinae     1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) claviger (Roger) Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) interjectus (Mayr) Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) latipes (Walsh) Formicinae   1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) murphyi (Forel) Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) plumopilosus Buren Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) pubescens Buren  Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius (Acanthomyops) subglaber Emery Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius alienus (Foerster) Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius flavus (Fabricius) Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius nearcticus Wheeler Formicinae 1    
Lasius neoniger Emery Formicinae 1 1 1
Lasius pallitarsis (Provancher) Formicidae      
Lasius speculiventris Emery Formicinae   1 1
Lasius umbratus (Nylander) Formicinae 1 1 1
Linepithema humile (Mayr) Dolichoderinae   1 1
Monomorium minimum (Buckley) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Monomorium pharaonis (Linnaeus) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Monomorium viride Brown Myrmicinae      
Myrmecina americana Emery Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Myrmica americana Weber Myrmicinae   1  
Myrmica fracticornis Forel Myrmicinae 1    
Myrmica incompleta Provancher Myrmicinae      
Myrmica latifrons Starcke Myrmicinae      
Myrmica pinetorum Wheeler Myrmicinae 1 1  
Myrmica punctiventris Roger Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Myrmica smithana (Francoeur) Myrmicinae   1  
Myrmica spatulata Smith Myrmicinae      
Neivamyrmex carolinensis (Emery) Ecitoninae 1 1 1
Neivamyrmex nigrescens (Cresson) Ecitoninae 1 1 1
Neivamyrmex opacithorax (Emery) Ecitoninae 1 1 1
Neivamyrmex texanus Watkins Ecitoninae 1 1 1
Pachycondyla chinensis (Emery) Ponerinae   1 1
Paratrechina arenivaga (Wheeler) Formicinae 1 1  
Paratrechina concinna Trager Formicinae     1
Paratrechina faisonensis (Forel) Formicinae 1 1 1
Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille) Formicidae      
Paratrechina parvula (Mayr) Formicinae 1 1 1
Paratrechina vividula (Nylander) Formicidae      
Pheidole bicarinata Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pheidole crassicornis Emery  Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pheidole davisi Wheeler Myrmicinae      
Pheidole dentata Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pheidole dentigula Smith Myrmicinae   1 1
Pheidole metallescens Emery  Myrmicinae   1 1
Pheidole morrisi Forel  Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pheidole pilifera (Roger) Myrmicinae   1 1
Pheidole tysoni Forel  Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pogonomyrmex badius (Latreille) Myrmicinae     1
Polyergus lucidus longicornis Mayr Formicinae   1 1
Polyergus lucidus lucidus Mayr Formicinae   1 1
Ponera exotica Smith, M.R. Ponerinae      
Ponera pennsylvanica Buckley Ponerinae 1 1 1
Prenolepis imparis Emery  Formicinae 1 1 1
Proceratium croceum (Roger) Proceratiinae 1 1  
Proceratium pergandei (Emery) Proceratiinae 1 1  
Proceratium silaceum Roger Proceratiinae 1 1 1
Protomognathus americanus (Emery) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pseudomyrmex ejectus (Smith) Pseudomyrmicinae     1
Pseudomyrmex pallidus (F. Smith) Pseudomyrmicinae     1
Pyramica abdita (Wesson & Wesson) Myrmicinae      
Pyramica angulata (Smith) Myrmicinae     1
Pyramica bimarginata (Wesson & Wesson) Myrmicinae      
Pyramica carolinensis (Brown) Myrmicinae      
Pyramica clypeata (Roger) Myrmicinae 1 1  
Pyramica creightoni (Smith) Myrmicinae 1 1  
Pyramica dietrichi (Smith) Myrmicinae     1
Pyramica filirrhina Brown Myrmicinae      
Pyramica laevinasis (Smith) Myrmicinae   1  
Pyramica membranifera (Emery) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pyramica missouriensis (Smith) Myrmicinae   1  
Pyramica ohioensis (Kennedy & Schramm) Myrmicinae 1 1  
Pyramica ornata (Mayr) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pyramica pergandei (Emery) Myrmicinae   1  
Pyramica pilinasis (Forel) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pyramica pulchella (Emery) Myrmicinae 1 1  
Pyramica reflexa (Wesson & Wesson) Myrmicinae      
Pyramica rostrata (Emery) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pyramica talpa (Weber) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Pyramica wrayi (Brown) Myrmicinae      
Solenopsis carolinensis Forel Myrmicinae      
Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius) Myrmicinae      
Solenopsis globularia Creighton Myrmicinae     1
Solenopsis invicta Buren Myrmicinae   1 1
Solenopsis molesta (Say) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Solenopsis pergandei Forel Myrmicinae      
Solenopsis picta Emery Myrmicinae     1
Solenopsis texana Emery Myrmicinae      
Solenopsis xyloni McCook Myrmicinae      
Stenamma brevicorne (Mayr) Myrmicinae      
Stenamma diecki Emery Myrmicinae 1    
Stenamma foveolocephalum Smith Myrmicinae      
Stenamma impar Smith Myrmicinae      
Stenamma meridionale Smith Myrmicinae   1  
Stenamma schmittii Wheeler Myrmicinae   1  
Strumigenys louisianae Roger Myrmicinae   1 1
Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius) Dolichoderinae   1  
Tapinoma sessile (Say) Dolichoderinae 1 1 1
Technomyrmex albipes (Fr. Smith) Dolichoderinae   1  
Temnothorax curvispinosus Mayr Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Temnothorax longispinosus Roger Myrmicinae 1 1  
Temnothorax minutissimus Smith Myrmicinae   1  
Temnothorax pergandei Emery Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Temnothorax schaumii Roger Myrmicinae 1 1 1
Temnothorax texanus Wheeler Myrmicinae   1  
Temnothorax tuscaloosae Wilson Myrmicinae   1  
Tetramorium bicarinatum (Nylander) Myrmicinae     1
Tetramorium caespitum (Linnaeus) Myrmicinae   1 1
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis (McCook) Myrmicinae 1 1 1
177 species total 99 130 122