Messor foreli

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Messor foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. foreli
Binomial name
Messor foreli
Santschi, 1923

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • foreli. Messor aegyptiacus var. foreli Santschi, 1923f: 322, fig. 1 (w.) TUNISIA. Raised to species: Bernard, 1981b: 143. Senior synonym of fossulatus: Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 427. Current subspecies: nomial plus brevispinosus, surcoufi.
  • fossulatus. Messor aegyptiacus var. fossulatus Santschi, 1923f: 323, fig. 1 (w.q.m.) TUNISIA. Subspecies of aegyptiacus: Menozzi, 1940: 267. Junior synonym of foreli: Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 427.



  • Bernard, F. 1981b. Revision of the genus Messor (harvesting ants) on a biometrical basis. Pp. 141-145 in: Howse, P. E., Clement, J.-L. (eds.) Biosystematics of social insects. Systematics Association Special Volume No. 19. London: Academic Press, 346 pp. (page 143, Raised to species)
  • Cagniant, H.; Espadaler, X. 1998 [1997]. Le genre Messor au Maroc (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (n.s.) 33: 419-434 (page 427, Senior synonym of fossulatus)
  • Santschi, F. 1923f. Messor et autres fourmis paléarctiques. Rev. Suisse Zool. 30: 317-336 (page 322, Fig. 1 worker described)