Messor ruginodis

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Messor ruginodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. ruginodis
Binomial name
Messor ruginodis
Stitz, 1916

Bolton (1982) - Apart from the very distinctive Messor regalis this is the only other species of Messor recorded from the Congo. It is possible to decide from Stitz's description that ruginodis is related to Messor capensis and its allies, but further placement cannot be attempted without the types as the description alone is not good enough. It must suffice for the present to state that, apart from regalis, no Messor species is known to extend its range into the Congo, so ruginodis remains an enigma. As the species, whatever it really is, is definitely not closely related to barbarus, I have raised it to species-level here.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Congo (type locality).

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Biology

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Nomenclature

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

  • ruginodis. Messor barbarus r. ruginodis Stitz, 1916: 374, fig. 1 (w.) CONGO. Raised to species, nomen dubium: Bolton, 1982: 353.

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