Messor caviceps

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

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality), Morocco.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • caviceps. Stenamma (Messor) caviceps Forel, 1902a: 149 (w.) ALGERIA. Combination in Messor: Emery, 1908e: 457. Senior synonym of planiceps: Délye, 1964: 165; Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 432.
  • planiceps. Messor planiceps Stitz, 1917: 344, fig. 11 (w.) ALGERIA. Junior synonym of caviceps: Délye, 1964: 165; Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 432.



  • Cagniant, H.; Espadaler, X. 1998 [1997]. Le genre Messor au Maroc (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (n.s.) 33: 419-434 (page 432, Senior synonym of planiceps)
  • Délye, G. 1964b. Sur le peuplement myrmécologique de quelques ergs du Sahara nord-occidental. Trav. Inst. Rech. Sahar. 23: 165-170 (page 165, Senior synonym of planiceps)
  • Emery, C. 1908f. Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. (Hym.) Teil III. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1908: 437-465 (page 457, Combination in Messor)
  • Forel, A. 1902a. Les fourmis du Sahara algérien récoltées par M. le Professeur A. Lameere et le Dr. A. Diehl. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 46: 147-158 (page 149, worker described)