Formica rufa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Formicidae

Scientific Name: Formica rufa Linneaus, 1761
Common Name(s):
English Red Wood Ant

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/near threatened ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Social Insects Specialist Group
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Austria; Belarus; Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Wood ants generally require heterogeneous forest habitat, with some gaps to allow sunlight to reach the lower strata and warm up the ant nests (D. Agosti pers. comm. 1995). It is not clear how well these ants can disperse within fragmented parts of the forest (D. Agosti pers. comm. 1995).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to species in the Formica rufa group come less from direct impacts (e.g., the pupae of rufa group ants were often used as food for pets), and more from changes to their environment (D. Agosti pers. comm. 1995).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Ants from the Formica rufa group are protected by law in many European countries (D. Agosti pers. comm. 1995).

Citation: Social Insects Specialist Group. 1996. Formica rufa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T8645A12924924. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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