Lasius grandis

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Lasius grandis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. grandis
Binomial name
Lasius grandis
Forel, 1909

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Specimen Labels

This ant has been associated with the butterfly Laeosopis roboris and Tomares ballus (Obregon et al. 2015).

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Andorra, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Iberian Peninsula, Portugal, Spain (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Beltra et al. (2017) found this ant forging on grape vines in Eastern Spain vineyards.

Fungi

This species is a host for the fungus Aegeritella tuberculata (Espadaler & Santamaria, 2012). This species is a host for the fungus Laboulbenia formicarum (Espadaler & Santamaria, 2012).

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • grandis. Lasius niger var. grandis Forel, 1909c: 104 (w.) SPAIN. Seifert, 1992b: 32 (q.). Junior synonym of alienus: Wilson, 1955a: 77; of niger: Yarrow, 1967: 30. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Seifert, 1992b: 32.

Description

References

  • Beltra, A., C. Navarro-Campos, A. Calabuig, L. Estopa, F. L. Wackers, A. Pekas, and A. Soto. 2017. Association between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and the vine mealybug (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in table-grape vineyards in Eastern Spain. Pest Management Science. 73:2473-2480. doi:10.1002/ps.4640
  • Espadaler, X., Santamaria, S. 2012. Ecto- and Endoparasitic Fungi on Ants from the Holarctic Region. Psyche Article ID 168478, 10 pages (doi:10.1155/2012/168478).
  • Forel, A. 1909c. Fourmis d'Espagne récoltées par M. O. Vogt et Mme Cécile Vogt, Docteurs en médecine. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 53: 103-106 (page 104, worker described)
  • Obregon, R., M. R. Shaw, J. Fernandez-Haeger, and D. Jordano. 2015. Parasitoid and ant interactions of some Iberian butterflies (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Shilap-Revista De Lepidopterologia. 43:439-454.
  • Seifert, B. 1992b. A taxonomic revision of the Palaearctic members of the ant subgenus Lasius s.str. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Abh. Ber. Naturkundemus. Görlitz 66(5): 1-67 (page 32, queen described)
  • Seifert, B. 1992b. A taxonomic revision of the Palaearctic members of the ant subgenus Lasius s.str. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Abh. Ber. Naturkundemus. Görlitz 66(5): 1-67 (page 32, Revived from synonymy, and raised to species)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1955a. A monographic revision of the ant genus Lasius. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 113: 1-201 (page 77, Junior synonym of alienus)
  • Yarrow, I. H. H. 1967. On the Formicidae of the Azores. Bol. Mus. Munic. Funchal 21: 24-32 (page 30, Junior synonym of niger)