Messor himalayanus

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

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Turkey.

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.

  • himalayanus. Stenamma (Messor) barbarum r. himalayanum Forel, 1902c: 221 (s.w.q.m.) INDIA. Combination in Messor: Bingham, 1903: 279. Raised to species: Bingham, 1903: 279. Subspecies of barbarus: Forel, 1904d: 175; Viehmeyer, 1914b: 40; Emery, 1922c: 95; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929d: 15. Status as species: Stärcke, 1935: 261; Menozzi, 1939a: 297; Arnol'di, 1977b: 1643.



  • 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 1643, Status as species)
  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 279, Combination in Messor, and raised to species.)
  • Emery, C. 1922d. Messor barbarus (L.). Appunti de sinonimia e di sistematica. Boll. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 54: 92-99 (page 95, Subspecies/race of barbarus)
  • Forel, A. 1902c. Myrmicinae nouveaux de l'Inde et de Ceylan. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 165-249 (page 221, soldier, worker, queen, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1904e. Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 48: 168-177 (page 175, Subspecies/race of barbarus)
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, N. N. 1929d. The ants of the genus Messor in the fauna of Middle Asia. Acta Univ. Asiae Mediae Ser. 8A Zool. 6: 1-25 (page 15, Subspecies/race of barbarus)
  • Menozzi, C. 1939a. Formiche dell'Himalaya e del Karakorum raccolte dalla Spedizione italiana comandata da S. A. R. il Duca di Spoleto (1929). Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano 78: 285-345 (page 297, Status as species)
  • Stärcke, A. 1935a. Zoologie. Formicidae. Wiss. Ergeb. Niederl. Exped. Karakorum 1: 260-269 (page 261, Status as species)
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1914b [1913]. Neue und unvollständig bekannte Ameisen der alten Welt. Arch. Naturgesch. (A)79(1 12: 24-60 (page 40, Subspecies/race of barbarus)