Probably very similar to that of Myrmica aloba. However, the only recorded data is that it inhabits humid biotopes in mountains between 1650 and 2600 m. and its colonies are polygynous (Espadaler 1996).
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the scabrinodis complex of the scabrinodis species group. It is probably endemic to the Atlas mountains and is closely related to Myrmica aloba, differing from that species only by its fine sculpture, by the shape of petiole, etc. (for details see Espadaler 1996).
Keys including this Species
Morocco, Algeria (Atlas Mts.).
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- cagnianti. Myrmica cagnianti Espadaler, 1996: 68, figs. 1-12 (w.q.m.) MOROCCO. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 108.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype: worker, Morocco, Oukaimeden, Higher Atlas, from a colony collected under stone at 2450 m, ncar a small stream, 12 V 1983, Espadaler leg., in author's collection. Paratypes: 46 workers, 18 females, 4 males, Morocco, Oukaimeden, Higher Atlas, from a colony collected under stone at 2450 m, near a small stream, 12 V 1983, Espadaler leg. Two worker paratypes and one female at the following institutions: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard; Museum d'Histoire Naturellc, Geneve; Museum d'Histoire Naturellc, Paris.
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - the author dedicated this species to his friend, the myrmecologist Prof. Henri Cagniant of The Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.
- Espadaler, X. 1996. Myrmica cagnianti, a new ant from North Africa (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Misc. Zool. (Barc.) 19: 67-74 (page 68, figs. 1-12 worker, queen, male described)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.