Proformica ferreri

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Proformica ferreri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Proformica
Species: P. ferreri
Binomial name
Proformica ferreri
Bondroit, 1918

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Spain (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Larger workers can have greatly distended gasters and function as repletes.

One colony excavated in the Sierra Nevada at the end of winter (15 April 2008) comprised 1426 workers and 7 large sexual larvae. A queen was not found and there was no other brood (A. Tinaut & C. Peeters, unpublished). Most of the largest workers (= 219) had distended gasters; three were dissected and had yolky oocytes in their ovaries.

Replete of P. ferreri next to normal worker. From Sierra Nevada, Spain. Photo by Patrick Landmann.


Polymorphism in body size of P. ferreri workers. From Sierra Nevada, Spain. Photo by Patrick Landmann.


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

  • ferreri. Proformica ferreri Bondroit, 1918: 41 (w.m.) SPAIN. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1982: 176 (l.). Subspecies of nasuta: Santschi, 1919e: 246; Menozzi, 1922b: 332; Santschi, 1931a: 13. Revived status as species: Bernard, 1967: 285.



  • Bernard, F. 1967a [1968]. Faune de l'Europe et du Bassin Méditerranéen. 3. Les fourmis (Hymenoptera Formicidae) d'Europe occidentale et septentrionale. Paris: Masson, 411 pp. (page 285, Revived status as species)
  • Bondroit, J. 1918. Les fourmis de France et de Belgique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 87: 1-174 (page 41, worker, male described)
  • Menozzi, C. 1922c. Contribution à la faune myrmécologique de l'Espagne. Bol. R. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat. 22: 324-332 (page 332, Variety of nasuta)
  • Santschi, F. 1919e. Fourmis d'Espagne et des Canaries. Bol. R. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat. 19: 241-248 (page 246, Variety of nasuta)
  • Santschi, F. 1931a. Inventa entomologica itineris Hispanici et Maroccani, quod a. 1926 fecerunt Harald et Håkan Lindberg. Fourmis du Bassin Méditerranéen occidental et du Maroc récoltées par MM. Lindberg. Comment. Biol. 3(1 14: 1-13 (page 13, Variety of nasuta)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1982b. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche (Camb.) 89: 175-181 (page 176, larva described)