Messor desertora

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Messor desertora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. desertora
Binomial name
Messor desertora
He & Song, 2009

The type material was collected from Inner Mongolia desert. The main seeds harvested from Nitraria sibirica Pall. and Nitraria tangutorum Bobrov(?) and a small amount of gramineous Gramineae seed. General hi nest nest near the white thorns in the sand gravel soil. Nest hole diameter of 1.2 ~ 1.8cm, nest outside the heap radius of 11 ~ 18cm, heap soil 1.80 ~ 6.30cm high. (As per "google translate" translation of He and Song 2009).


He and Song (2009) - This new species is similar to Messor aciculatus,but its occipital margin rounded, scapes of antennae surpasses occipital margin slightly, masticatory margin of mandible has two blunt preapical teeth, and 11 to 13 thin teeth or denticles are in the inner. A round pore is in the middle of the profile of metathorax.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

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.

  • desertora. Messor desertora He & Song, 2009: 722, figs. 1, 2 (w.) CHINA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Holotype worker :TL 8.67,HL 2.0,HW 1.80,CL 0.4,SL 1.73,CI 90,SI 96.11,PW 1.20,AL 2.67,ED 0.46,MTL 2.0.

Type Material

Holotype major worker:Wuliji village,Alashan league,Inner Mongolia,China. 2006-Ⅶ-15,N 40°45´06,E 104°31´10,1319m,collected by Song Lingying. Deposited in the laboratory of insect specimens, Agricultural College, Ningxia University.