Messor incisus

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

Bolton (1982) - Described from a single female which has since been lost, the identity of incisus cannot be ascertained accurately at present. In his original description of incisus Stitz compares it to the female of Messor denticornis. So few females of denticornis are known that it is possible for incisus to fall within the range of variation of that species. On the other hand incisus may be the female of striatifrons or indeed be a separate species. Considerably more samples of Messor females will be necessary before any attempt at placing incisus can be made.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Namibia (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • incisus. Messor incisus Stitz, 1923: 149 (q.) NAMIBIA. See also: Bolton, 1982: 351.

Description

References

  • Bolton, B. 1982. Afrotropical species of the myrmecine ant genera Cardiocondyla, Leptothorax, Melissotarsus, Messor and Cataulacus (Formicidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology, 46: 307-370 (page 351, see also)
  • Stitz, H. 1923. Hymenoptera, VII. Formicidae. Beitr. Kennt. Land- Süsswasserfauna Dtsch.-Südwestafr. 2: 143-167 (page 149, queen described)