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Dorymyrmex bossutusSandhills 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
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.
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.
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.
Dorymyrmex bossutus is known from only one location in Georiga. This locality is on public land.
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.
JoVonn G. Hill and Brady S. Dunaway