Monomorium niloticum

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Monomorium niloticum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. niloticum
Binomial name
Monomorium niloticum
Emery, 1881

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Specimen Labels


In Oman this species was found nesting under a rock with several unidentified silverfish (Thysanura) in nest galleries. Several workers were observed foraging on the ground. (Sharaf et al 2018)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Egypt (type locality), Israel, Oman.

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.

  • niloticum. Monomorium niloticum Emery, 1881b: 533 (w.) EGYPT. Combination in M. (Xeromyrmex): Emery, 1922e: 179. Subspecies of venustum: Forel, 1910a: 6; Wheeler, W.M. & Mann, 1916: 170; Stitz, 1917: 346; Finzi, 1936: 175. Revived status as species: Santschi, 1936a: 37. See also: Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 352. Current subspecies: nominal plus gracilicorne, niloticoides.



  • Collingwood, C. A.; Agosti, D. 1996. Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (part 2). Fauna Saudi Arab. 15: 300-385 (page 352, see also)
  • Emery, C. 1881b. Viaggio ad Assab nel Mar Rosso dei Signori G. Doria ed O. Beccari con il R. Avviso "Esploratore" dal 16 novembre 1879 al 26 febbraio 1880. I. Formiche. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 16: 525-535 (page 533, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 179, Combination in M. (Xeromyrmex))
  • Finzi, B. 1936. Risultati scientifici della spedizione di S. A. S. il Principe Alessandro della Torre e Tasso nell'Egitto e peninsola del Sinai. XI. Formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Egypte 20: 155-210 (page 175, Subspecies of venustum)
  • Forel, A. 1910a. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32 (page 6, Subspecies of venustum)
  • Santschi, F. 1936a. Étude sur les fourmis du genre Monomorium Mayr. Bull. Soc. Sci. Nat. Maroc 16: 32-64 (page 37, Revived status as species)
  • Sharaf, M. R., B. L. Fisher, H. M. Al Dhafer, A. Polaszek and A. S. Aldawood. 2018. Additions to the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Oman: an updated list, new records and a description of two new species. Asian Myrmecology. 9:e010004; 1-38. doi:10.20362/am.010004
  • Stitz, H. 1917. Ameisen aus dem westlichen Mittelmeergebiet und von den Kanarischen Inseln. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 8: 333-353 (page 346, Subspecies of venustum)
  • Wheeler, W. M.; Mann, W. M. 1916. The ants of the Phillips Expedition to Palestine during 1914. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 60: 167-174 (page 170, Subspecies of venustum)