Cryptopone sp.
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Even in the United States, many ant species still remain to be discovered.  This small Cryptopone was uncovered accidentally while the photographer excavated a nest of Trachymyrmex ants in Arizona.  Cryptopone has never been recorded west of Texas, and this ant apparently belongs to a species that previously had not been known.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, Chiricahua Mtns., 7km WSW Portal
1650m 31º53´N 109º12´W 
9.viii.2005  Oak-juniper woodland.   #AW2668, voucher specimen deposited at MCZC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.