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Dorymyrmex bossutus: Lateral view of worker. Photo by Mississippi Entomological Museum. Image may be subject to copyright.
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Dorymyrmex bossutus (Trager, 1988)

Sandhills Cone Ant

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: GNR

State Rank: S2

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 2

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Sandhills


Description

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Similar Species

Similar species include Dorymyrmex bureni (and Dorymyrmex smithi. Each of these species are uniform in color (red and black respecitvely); whereas D. bossutus is bicolored. 

Habitat

Widely observed among sandhills, as well as the fossil dunes of Florida. Usually found in association with turkey oak (Quercus laevis). Tolerates most forms of disturbance, except for tillage.

Diet

Life History

Survey Recommendations

Range

Threats

The primary threats to this species come from development and fragmentation of its habitat, combined with a naturally narrow range. Suppression of fire has also allowed woody species and exotic invasive species to encroach on the open habitat needed by this species.

Georgia Conservation Status

Dorymyrmex bossutus is known from only one location in Georiga. This locality is on public land. 

Conservation Management Recommendations

Conservation of this species is best conducted by preservation and management of the remaining habitats where it occurs. Reintroduction of fire into the landscape will help maintain and restore suitable habitat.

References

Authors of Account

JoVonn G. Hill and Brady S. Dunaway

Date Compiled or Updated

12/2/2019

Dorymyrmex bossutus: Apical view of worker. Photo by Mississippi Entomological Museum. Image may be subject to copyright.