Plagiolepis taurica

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Plagiolepis taurica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. taurica
Binomial name
Plagiolepis taurica
Santschi, 1920

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Specimen Labels


This species is the host of the social parasite Plagiolepis delaugerrei. In Russia it occurs in steppe habitats on rocky slopes with nests in soil (Zryanin & Zryanina, 2007).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Armenia, Austria (type locality), Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Montenegro, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine (type locality), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This minute species lives in small isolated colonies nesting under flat stones usually with several queens (Collingwood 1979).


This species is a host for the endoparastic fungus Myrmicinosporidium durum (Espadaler & Santamaria, 2012).



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

  • taurica. Plagiolepis maura var. taurica Santschi, 1920g: 171 (w.) UKRAINE. Subspecies of pallescens: Emery, 1921d: 314; Santschi, 1922a: 67; of pygmaea: Karavaiev, 1931a: 309. Raised to species: Radchenko, 1989b: 155. Senior synonym of manczshurica, satunini: Radchenko, 1996a: 185; of pyrenaica: Casevitz-Weulersse & Galkowski, 2009: 485.
  • pyrenaica. Plagiolepis barbara var. pyrenaica Emery, 1921d: 315, fig. I (w.) FRANCE. Subspecies of schmitzii: Bolton, 1995b: 336. Junior synonym of taurica: Casevitz-Weulersse & Galkowski, 2009: 485.
  • satunini. Plagiolepis (Plagiolepis) satunini Karavaiev, 1931a: 314, fig. 4 (w.) ARMENIA. Junior synonym of taurica: Radchenko, 1996a: 185.