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Species Account for Ponera coarctata

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Ponera coarctata  (Latreille, 1802)
an ant
Aculeata: Formicidae: Formicidae

Ponera coarctata

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

Records: 33
First Record: 1976
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 3
Total hectads: 14
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Ponera coarctata
Ponera coarctata

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Taxonomic group: ants (Aculeata: Formicidae) - County data   
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Ponera coarcata is recorded sparingly in southern England. It is well represented in coastal areas, especially around the Thames estuary and Kent coast, and is also widely recorded inland in the Thames basin (especially in Greater London). It is a local species, perhaps under recorded because of its secretive habits and low density at sites. The ant is found beneath stones, mosses and leaf litter in a range of situations, including open stony ground, quarries, banks, chalk escarpments (apparently mainly where there are superficial clay deposits), landslips and soft rock coastal cliffs, even in the upper tidal zones of shores. Warm situations with wet soils seem to be preferred, and it seems to tolerate partial shade as long as sites are warm. There are several sites for this species in the suburbs of London, where it can inhabit pockets of waste ground, scrub and larger, less disturbed gardens. It is carnivorous and forms small nests with queens and workers, usually beneath stones and other objects. Workers are frequently found in and about other ant nests, including those of Lasius fuliginosus, L. flavus and F. fusca, and also amongst mosses. They retreat rapidly into crevices when disturbed and also remain elusive during periods of unfavourable weather (Falk 1991b). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 10 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 13 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 33 records with habitat detail and method information)

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