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Species Account for Lasius psammophilus

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Lasius psammophilus  Seifert, 1992
an ant
Aculeata: Formicidae: Formicidae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

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Taxonomic group: ants (Aculeata: Formicidae) - County data   
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Since the separation of L. psammophilus from L. alienus the distribution nationally of each species remains unclear. Seifert (1992) describes L. psammophilus as associated with sandy grasslands and this appears true in Essex where both species are rare. L. psammophilus has been identified from a few sandy habitats but L. alienus s.s. has only been recorded from two sites, one chalk grassland and the other dry south-facing coastal grassland. L. psammophilus has not been found in old sand pits or other recently disturbed sandy habitats and is may be vulnerable to the loss and degradation of unimproved habitats. The ant has been found in Essex in thermophilic conditions on dune and sparsely vegetated sandy soil and heathland (Harvey 1998). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 8 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 26 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 26 records with habitat detail and method information)

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