Formica transkaucasica

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Formica transkaucasica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Formicini
Genus: Formica
Species: F. transkaucasica
Binomial name
Formica transkaucasica
Nasonov, 1889

This taxon is considered to be unidentifiable and its identity is uncertain.

At a Glance • Polygynous  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Denmark.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.



Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a host for the phorid fly Aenigmatias lubbocki (a parasitoid) (Quevillon, 2018) (encounter mode primary; direct transmission; transmission outside nest).

Flight Period

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Association with Other Organisms


  • This species is a host for the trematode Dicrocoelium lanceatum (a parasite) in Armenia (Arakelian et al., 1997).

Life History Traits

  • Queen number: polygynous (Rissing and Pollock, 1988; Frumhoff & Ward, 1992)
  • Queen mating frequency: single (Rissing and Pollock, 1988; Frumhoff & Ward, 1992)



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

  • transkaucasica. Formica transkaucasica Nasonov, 1889: 21 (w.) RUSSIA. Subspecies of gagates: Ruzsky, 1902d: 13; of fusca: Ruzsky, 1905b: 384. Junior synonym of picea Nylander: Emery, 1909b: 195; Donisthorpe, 1918a: 9; Emery, 1925b: 249; Dlussky, 1965a: 31; Dlussky, 1967a: 61. First available replacement name for picea Nylander: Donisthorpe, 1918a: 9; Yarrow, 1954a: 233; Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 263. Senior synonym of piceogagates: Arakelian, 1994: 102. Junior synonym of candida: Bolton, 1995b: 205. Unidentifiable taxon, incertae sedis in Formica: Seifert, 2004: 32.
  • piceogagates. Formica (Serviformica) gagates var. piceogagates Karavaiev, 1926e: 197 (w.q.) RUSSIA. Junior synonym of transkaucasica: Arakelian, 1994: 102.



  • n = 26 (Finland) (Rosengren et al., 1980) (as F. transkaucasica (incertae sedis)).