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Ants in Natchez State Park, Adams County, Mississippi [MS State Park Ants]

Joe A. MacGown and JoVonn G. Hill

Natchez State Park is located in southwest Mississippi in Adams County. Habitat in this scenic park is mostly rolling hardwood/pine forests that are centered on the large Natchez Lake.

MacGown and Hill made a brief stop here in 2005 while collecting ants along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Later, from 17-18 June 2015, MacGown returned to the park with three student workers (Austin Hannah, Claire Caprio, and Kaycee Barnes) to further explore the ant fauna of the park. Between these two visits, we collected 51 species of ants, which are listed below.

List of ant species collected (listed alphabetically by genus)

Aphaenogaster carolinensis (Wheeler)
Aphaenogaster fulva Roger
Brachymyrmex depilis Emery
patagonicus Mayr
Camponotus castaneus (Latreille)
Camponotus chromaiodes Bolton
Camponotus decipiens Emery
Camponotus nearcticus Emery
Camponotus pennsylvanicus (DeGeer)
Camponotus snellingi Bolton
Colobopsis impressa Roger
Crematogaster ashmeadi Mayr
Crematogaster lineolata (Say)
Crematogaster minutissima Mayr
Crematogaster missuriensis Emery
Cyphomyrmex rimosus (Spinola)
Discothyrea testacea Roger
Hypoponera opaciceps (Mayr)
Hypoponera opacior  (Mayr)
Lasius alienus (Foerster)
Monomorium minimum
Myrmecina americana Emery
Myrmica pinetorum Wheeler
Nylanderia faisonensis (Forel)
Nylanderia querna Kallal and LaPolla
Nylanderia vividula (Nylander)
Pheidole dentata Mayr
Pheidole dentigula  Smith
Ponera exotica M.R.Smith
Ponera pennsylvanica Buckley
Proceratium crassicorne
Pseudomyrmex ejectus (F. Smith)
Solenopsis carolinensis Forel
Solenopsis invicta Buren
Solenopsis picta Emery
Solenopsis tennesseensis M.R.Smith
Solenopsis texana Emery
Strumigenys clypeata Roger
Strumigenys hexamera (Brown)
Strumigenys louisianae Roger
Strumigenys metazytes (Bolton)
Strumigenys ohioensis Kennedy & Schramm
Strumigenys ornata Mayr
Strumigenys reflexa  (Wesson & Wesson)
Strumigenys rostrata Emery
Strumigenys silvestrii Emery
Temnothorax curvispinosus (Mayr)
Temnothorax pergandei
Temnothorax schaumii
Tetramorium bicarinatum (Nylander)
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis (McCook)