Lasius distinguendus

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Lasius distinguendus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. distinguendus
Binomial name
Lasius distinguendus
(Emery, 1916)

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Specimen labels

Synonyms

This species exhibits temporary social parasitism. Queens found new colonies by infiltrating an established nest of Lasius alienus, killing the queen and using host workers to care for her initial brood.

At a Glance • Temporary parasite  

 

Identification

Collingwood (1979) - Most easily recognised in the queen caste. It is like a larger, paler Lasius mixtus but has more abundant genal hairs and a high broadly emarginate scale. The worker has occasional tibial hairs and longer body hairs than L. mixtus and would be more easily confused with Lasius umbratus.

Distribution

Mainly found in South and Central Europe. According to B. Pisarski (priv. commun.) it occurs in North Germany and probably also in Poland (Collingwood 1979).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Italy (type locality), Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Association with Other Organisms

Diptera

  • This species is a host for the Microdon fly Microdon devius (a predator) in Latium, central Italy (Scarparo et al., 2020).

Fungi

  • This species is a host for the fungus Aegeritella tuberculata (a pathogen) (Espadaler & Santamaria, 2012).

Castes

Queen

Nomenclature

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

  • distinguendus. Formicina umbrata subsp. distinguenda Emery, 1916a: 64, figs. VI,4; VII,6 (w.q.) ITALY. Karavaiev, 1936: 214 (m.). [Also described as new, but bicornis susbp. distinguenda, by Emery, 1916b: 242.] Combination in Lasius: Müller, 1923: 13; in L. (Chthonolasius): Emery, 1925b: 234. Raised to species: Bondroit, 1918: 32. Subspecies of umbratus: Emery, 1922b: 13; Stärcke, 1937: 47. Status as species: Müller, 1923: 130. Junior synonym of umbratus: Wilson, 1955a: 151. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of umbratus: Pisarski, 1975: 39. Revived status as species: Collingwood, 1978: 72. See also: Collingwood, 1979: 102; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 58; Seifert, 1988: 149; Seifert, 1990: 10. Senior synonym of hybrida: Stärcke, 1937: 57; Seifert, 1988: 149; of nuda and material of the unavailable name cereomicans referred here: Seifert, 1990: 10.
  • nuda. Formicina umbrata var. nuda Bondroit, 1917a: 176, fig. 2 (q.) no locality given. Junior synonym of affinis: Emery, 1925b: 234; of umbratus: Stärcke, 1937: 57; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 58; of distinguendus: Seifert, 1990: 10.
  • hybrida. Formicina distinguenda var. hybrida Bondroit, 1918: 33 (w.q.) ITALY. [First available use of Formicina umbrata subsp. distinguenda var. hybrida Emery, 1916a: 66; unavailable name.] Combination in Lasius (Chthonolasius): Emery, 1925b: 234. Subspecies of umbratus: Emery, 1922b: 13. Junior synonym of distinguendus: Stärcke, 1937: 57. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 555 (in key). Junior synonym of distinguendus: Seifert, 1988: 149.

Description

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