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Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) collected at Coal Creek Farm, Cumberland County, Tennessee

Joe A. MacGown, JoVonn G. Hill, and James G. Lewis
Uploaded on 17 August 2018; updated 27 June 2017

The Coal Creek Farm, owned by George Lindemann, is located in the Cumberland Plateau in Cumberland County, Tennessee. This mountainous 5,000+ acre tract of land includes a variety of habitats such as open farmland, pine-oak savannas, prairies, wet meadows, bogs, barrens, sandstone glades, and rich hardwood forests. With the backing of Lindamann and various researchers such as botanist Dwayne Estes, Mississippi Entomological Museum (MEM) staff, and others, work is being done to document the rich flora and fauna of the property. Additional efforts are underway to restore historical shortleaf pine savannas and other habitats.

The first collecting trip to the site by MEM staff (JoVonn Hill, Joe MacGown, Brady Dunnaway, and Jordan Gesell) was made from 6 to 9 August 2018 and a second trip was made by Hill and Dunnaway from 13 to 16 September 2018. Collections during the first trip were limited as it included the drive up and back from and to Mississippi, a long day of learning and exploring sites, and a good bit of rain during part of the trip. However, despite limited opportunities, we collected 27 species of ants during this first trip to the property, which was a good start on what will surely be a much larger list. Likewise, the second trip was somewhat abbreviated, but the MEM added five more species for a total of 32. Further collections were made by MEM staff from 20–24 May 2019 during the William H. Cross Expedition, which boosted the total species count to 43.


The list presented is arranged alphabetically by genus. For introduced species, a note is made in parentheses. Basic habitat types are noted after each species: hardwood forest [HW], hemlock forest [HEM], open areas along roadways [OA], oak glade [OG], and shortleaf pine savanna [SPS].

Aphaenogaster carolinensis Wheeler [HW]
Aphaenogaster fulva Roger [HEM, HW]
Aphaenogaster picea (Wheeler) [HEM]
Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (Mayr) [HW]
Brachymyrmex depilis Emery
Camponotus americanus Mayr [HEM, HW]
Camponotus nearcticus Emery [HW]
Camponotus pennsylvanicus (DeGeer) [HW]
Camponotus snellingi Bolton [HW]
Camponotus subbarbatus Emery [HW]
Colobopsis mississippiensis (Smith) [HW]
Crematogaster lineolata (Say) [HW]
Crematogaster pilosa Emery[SPS]
Dolichoderus pustulatus Mayr [SPS]
Forelius mccooki (McCook) [OA]
Formica pallidefulva Latreille [SPS]
Formica subsericea Say [HW]
Lasius americanus Emery [HEM]
Lasius neoniger Emery [HW]
Monomorium minimum (Buckley) [HW]
Myrmecina americana Emery [HEM, HW, OG, SPS]
Nylanderia faisonensis (Forel) [HF]
Nylanderia vividula (Nylander) (introduced) [OG]
Pheidole bicarinata Mayr
Pheidole dentata Mayr [HF]
Ponera pennsylvanica Buckley [HEM, HW, SPS]
Prenolepis imparis (Say) [HW]
Proceratium crassicorne Emery [SPS]
Solenopsis carolinensis Forel [HW]
Solenopsis invicta Buren
(introduced) [OA, SPS]
Stenamma impar Forel [HW]
Stigmatomma pallipes (Haldeman) [HW]
Strumigenys abdita Wesson & Wesson [HW]
Strumigenys clypeata Roger [HW]
Strumigenys dietrichi Smith [HEM, HW]
Strumigenys ohioensis Kennedy & Schramm [HEM]
Strumigenys ornata May [HW, OG]
Strumigenys rostrata Emery [HEM]
Tapinoma sessile (Say) [OA]
Temnothorax curvispinosus (Mayr)
Temnothorax longispinosus (Roger) [HEM]
Temnothorax schaumii (Roger) [HW]
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis (McCook) [OG]