James C. Trager

James Trager


Missouri Botanical Garden James.Trager@mobot.org 636-451-3512 ext 6002

U. S. entomologist and naturalist. Born 5 September  in Washington, D.C. to linguists Edith (Crowell) Trager and George L. Trager. Educated Northern Illinois University (B.S., 1974), University of Kansas (M.A., 1977); University of Florida (Ph.D., 1984). Professional experience: University of Florida, Assistant Research Scientist in Entomology, studying fire ants (1984-1988); University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mo., instructor (1988-1990); Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Gray Summit, Mo., Biologist/Naturalist (1991-present), in charge of ecological restoration, vegetation management, natural history education programs, and is liaison to academic researchers (mostly ecologists) who use the Reserve as a field site.
Trager still periodically publishes articles on ant taxonomy (peer-reviewed), and other natural history topics, and instructs at the Ant Course .

Works in progress:
Global revision of the ant genus Polyergus (in preparation)

Ant community assembly in restored glades, with Jon Chase, WUSTL and Nathan Sanders, U. Tenn. Knoxville. (preliminary sampling, designing study)

AntWeb Illinois         http://www.antweb.org/illinois.jsp

AntWeb Missouri     http://www.antweb.org/missouri.jsp


Deyrup, M., N. Carlin and J. C. Trager. 1988. A review of the ants of the Florida Keys. Florida Entomologist 71(2): 163-176.

Deyrup, M. and J. Trager. 1984. Strumigenys rogeri, and African dacetine ant new to the U.S. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomologist 67:512-516.

Deyrup, M.; Trager, J. 1986.  Ants of the Archbold Biological Station, Highlands County, Florida (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fla. Entomol. 69: 206-228

Deyrup, M.; Trager, J.; Carlin, N. 1985.  The genus Odontomachus in the southeastern United States (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomol. News 96: 188-195.

Deyrup, M. and J. C. Trager. 1986. Ants of the Archbold Biological Station, Highlands County, Florida (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomologist 69: 206-228.

King, J. R. and J. C. Trager. 2007. Natural history of the slave making ant, Polyergus lucidus, sensu lato in northern Florida and its three Formica pallidefulva group hosts. Journal of Insect Science 7(42): 1-14.

Trager, J. C. 1984a [1983].  A new Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Machu Picchu, Peru. Fla. Entomol. 66: 482-486

Trager, J. C. 1984b.  A revision of the genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the continental United States. Sociobiology 9: 49-162

Trager, J. C. 1988a.  A revision of Conomyrma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the southeastern United States, especially Florida, with keys to the species. Fla. Entomol. 71: 11-29

Trager, J. C. 1988. George C. Wheeler - An Appreciation. Advances in myrmecology. E. J. Brill, New York. 551 pp.

Trager, J. C. 1991.  A revision of the fire ants, Solenopsis geminata group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 99: 141-198

Trager, J. C. and C. Johnson. 1985. A slave-making ant in Florida: Polyergus lucidus with observations on the natural history of its host Formica archboldi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomologist 68: 261-266.

Trager, J. C.; Johnson, C. 1988.  The ant genus Leptogenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae, Ponerinae) in the United States. Pp. 29-34 in: Trager, J. C. (ed.)  Advances in myrmecology.  Leiden: E. J. Brill, xxvii + 551 pp.

Trager, J.C., MacGown, J.A. & Trager, M.D. 2007. Revision of the Nearctic endemic Formica pallidefulva group (pp. 610-636). In Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 690 pp.


Bolton B, Alpert G, Ward PS, Naskrecki P. 2007. [CD-ROM] Bolton’s Catalogue of the Ants of the World. Harvard University Press.