Messor aralocaspius

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Messor aralocaspius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. aralocaspius
Binomial name
Messor aralocaspius
(Ruzsky, 1902)

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Specimen Labels

Subspecies

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia.
Palaearctic Region: China, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation (type locality), Turkmenistan.

It is found in South East Europe, Saudi Arabia and Iraq (Abdul-Rassoul et al. 2013).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • aralocaspius. Aphaenogaster barbara var. aralocaspia Ruzsky, 1902c: 20 (w.) RUSSIA. Karavaiev, 1910b: 63 (q.m.); Stitz, 1930: 240 (q.). Combination in Messor: Ruzsky, 1905b: 745. Subspecies of minor: Santschi, 1927c: 239. Status as species: Pisarski, 1967: 384; Pisarski, 1969b: 306; Tarbinsky, 1976: 65; Arnol'di, 1977b: 1642. Material of the unavailable name tamerlani referred here by Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 218. Current subspecies: nominal plus infumatus.

Description

References

  • Abdul-Rassoul, M.S., Ali, H.B. & Augul, R.SH. 2013. New Records of Unidentified Ants worker (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) stored in Iraqi Natural History Museum with key to Species. Adv. Biores., Vol 4 (2): 27-33.
  • Arnol'di, K. V. 1977b. Review of the harvester ants of the genus Messor (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the fauna of the USSR. Zool. Zh. 5 56: 1637-1648 (page 1642, Status as species)
  • Dlussky, G. M.; Soyunov, O. S.; Zabelin, S. I. 1990 [1989]. Ants of Turkmenistan. Ashkhabad: Ylym Press, 273 pp. (page 218, Material of the unavailable name tamerlani referred here.)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1910. Nachtrag zu meinen "Ameisen aus Transcaspien und Turkestan". Rus. Entomol. Obozr. 9: 268-272 (page 63, queen, male described)
  • Pisarski, B. 1967a. Fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) d'Afghanistan récoltées par M. Dr. K. Lindberg. Ann. Zool. (Warsaw) 24: 375-425 (page 384, Status as species)
  • Pisarski, B. 1969b. 175. Myrmicidae und Formicidae. Ergebnisse der zoologischen Forschungen von Dr. Z. Kaszab in der Mongolei (Hymenoptera). Faun. Abh. (Dres.) 2(2 29: 295-316 (page 306, Status as species)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1902c. The ants of the vicinity of the Aral Sea. Izv. Turkest. Otd. Imp. Rus. Geogr. Obshch. 3(1 1: 1-24 (page 20, worker described)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1905b. The ants of Russia. (Formicariae Imperii Rossici). Systematics, geography and data on the biology of Russian ants. Part I. Tr. Obshch. Estestvoispyt. Imp. Kazan. Univ. 38(4-6 6: 1-800 (page 745, Combination in Messor)
  • Santschi, F. 1927d. Revision des Messor du groupe instabilis Sm. (Hymenopt.). Bol. R. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat. 27: 225-250 (page 239, Stirps of minor)
  • Stitz, H. 1930a. Entomologische Ergebnisse der Deutsch-Russischen Alai-Pamir Expedition 1928 (1). 5. Hymenoptera III. Formicidae. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 16: 238-240 (page 240, queen described)
  • Tarbinsky, Y. S. 1976. The ants of Kirghizia. Frunze: Ilim, 217 pp. (page 65, Status as species)