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Chrysopilus laetus
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Species Account for Myrmica bessarabica

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Myrmica bessarabica  Bondroit, 1918
an ant
Aculeata: Formicidae: Formicidae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

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Taxonomic group: ants (Aculeata: Formicidae) - County data   
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Listed only for East Kent in Falk (1991b) Myrmica bessarabica was first recorded in Britain from Sandwich, but is now known to be more widespread in warm coastal situations in Kent and Essex. It may be increasing in range, but identification of this and related Myrmica species is difficult and the ant had probably formerly been overlooked in its coastal Essex locations. It favours warm, sparsely vegetated ground in sunny situations, such as dunes, south-facing landslip grassland, south-facing terrace gravel grassland and more rarely on old sparsely vegetated post-industrial habitat. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 167 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 270 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 215 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Myrmica bessarabica

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