Aphaenogaster karpathica

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Aphaenogaster karpathica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. karpathica
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster karpathica
Boer, 2013

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Aphaenogaster karpathica.


A member of the A. testaceopilosa group. Compared with Aphaenogaster balcanica, Aphaenogaster melitensis and Aphaenogaster balcanicoides, the ratio between CI and SI is different. The widths of the petiole and postpetiole together are wider than in the other species: PPPI-mean 54.7, against 50.9–51.5: in A. balcanica and A. melitensis (p < 0.01), in A. balcanicoides (p < 0.05). The scape is longer: SI-mean 158, in the other four species 149 (p < 0.01). The setosity is shorter than in A. balcanica. Gynes and males unknown. (Boer 2013)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • karpathica. Aphaenogaster karpathica Boer, 2013: 68, fig. 36 (w.) GREECE.
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L. 2014: 13; Lebas, et al. 2016: 250; Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 42.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Sculpture as in Aphaenogaster balcanica. Setosity relatively short (like Aphaenogaster balcanicoides).

Measurements (n = 13). CI 70–79 (74); CL 1.27–1.52 (1.42) mm; CW 0.93–1.15 (1.05) mm; PHI 31–35 (32); PI 73–88 (80); PPPI 50–61 (55); PSI 143–200 (170); PSLWI 67–150 (111); PWI 22–28 (24); RPH 112–143 (132); RPSI 20–65 (46); SI 147–164 (158); SI/CI 186–234 (215); SL 1.41–1.77 (1.64) mm; SPD 1–3 (1.9); 1–5.5 (4.0).

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Greece: Karpathos, Amopi, v.1982 (Collingwood, WML).


The name refers to the type locality.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Boer P. 2013. Revision of the European ants of the Aphaenogaster testaceopilosa-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 156: 57-93.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2018. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on Greek ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom Entomology 27: 1-51.