Aphaenogaster gibbosa

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Aphaenogaster gibbosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species group: gibbosa
Species: A. gibbosa
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster gibbosa
(Latreille, 1798)

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Specimen Labels


This ant was observed on larvae of Lampides boeticus that were feeding on Erophaca baetica in Sierra Morena, southern Spain (Obregon et al. 2015). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on or in soil in a Caspian moist littoral area.


A member of the Aphaenogaster gibbosa-group.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia.
Palaearctic Region: Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Bulgaria, France (type locality), Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Israel, Montenegro, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Gonçalves et al (2017) found Aphaenogaster gibbosa to be abundant in the Iberian vineyards they sampled (pitfall trapping).




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

  • gibbosa. Formica gibbosa Latreille, 1798: 50 (w.m.) FRANCE. Emery, 1908c: 333 (q.). Combination in Aphaenogaster: Dalla Torre, 1893: 107; in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster): Emery, 1895c: 303; in Aphaenogaster: Emery, 1908c: 332; in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Menozzi, 1921: 26. Subspecies of testaceopilosa: Emery & Forel, 1879: 463; of subterranea: Dalla Torre, 1893: 107; Emery, 1895b: 71. Revived status as species: Emery, 1908c: 332. See also: Emery, 1916b: 130; Bondroit, 1918: 157; Santschi, 1923f: 328; Stitz, 1939: 116; Kutter, 1977c: 78; Attanasov & Dlussky, 1992: 109. Senior synonym of striola: Emery, 1895c: 303; of barcinensis, laevior Forel: Collingwood, 1978: 67; of chorassanica, muschtaidica: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 212. Current subspecies: nominal plus fiorii, homonyma.
  • striola. Atta striola Roger, 1859: 252 (w.m.) SPAIN. Emery, 1869b: 17 (q.). Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b: 29. Junior synonym of gibbosa: Emery, 1895c: 303.
  • laevior. Aphaenogaster striola var. laevior Forel, 1892g: 453 (w.) SPAIN. [Unresolved junior primary homonym of laevior Emery, above.] Subspecies of gibbosa: Emery, 1908c: 334. Junior synonym of gibbosa: Collingwood, 1978: 67.
  • barcinensis. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) gibbosa var. barcinensis Menozzi, 1922b: 325 (w.q.) SPAIN. Junior synonym of gibbosa: Collingwood, 1978: 67.
  • chorassanica. Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma) gibbosa subsp. chorassanica Arnol'di, 1968: 1805 (w.q.m.) TURKMENIA. Junior synonym of gibbosa: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 212.



  • n = 11; 16; 17, 2n = 34, karyotype = 4M+2SM+4ST+6T; 6M+4SM+8ST+16T (Switzerland) (Hauschteck-Jungen & Jungen, 1983; Lorite et al., 2000; Palomeque et al., 1993b) (this karyotype is reported as fusion of two telocentric chromosomes).