Key to Subfamilies of Formicidae in the Southeastern United States (based on workers)
(modified from Creighton (1950) and Bolton (1994)
Couplet 6

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6(2) The apex of the gaster with a semicircular to circular acidopore formed from the hypopygium, this structure often projecting as a nozzle with a fringe of setae (figure 15) ...Formicinae

6' Apex of gaster with hypopygium lacking an acidipore (figure 16) ..Dolichoderinae



Figure 15. Profile view (top) and ventral view (bottom) of gaster of formicine ant showing the acidopore (with setal fringe).
Figure 16. Profile view (top) and ventral view (bottom) of gaster of dolichoderine ant showing the lack of acidopore.