Messor barbarus politus

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Messor barbarus politus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. barbarus
Subspecies: M. barbarus politus
Trinomial name
Messor barbarus politus
Karavaiev, 1912



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • politus. Messor barbarus var. politus Karavaiev, 1912a: 6 (s.w.) ALGERIA. Senior synonym of dentiscapus: Bolton, 1995b: 256.
  • dentiscapus. Messor barbarus var. dentiscapus Finzi, 1930b: 15 (w.) ALGERIA. [First available use of Messor barbarus subsp. capitatus var. dentiscapa Forel, 1909e: 371; unavailable name.] Material referred to politus by Emery, 1922c: 97, hence junior synonym of politus as the latter has priority: Bolton, 1995b: 253.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 256, Senior synonym of dentiscapus)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1912a. Ameisen aus Tunesien und Algerien, nebst einigen unterwegs in Italien gesammelten Arten. Rus. Entomol. Obozr. 12: 1-22 (page 6, soldier, worker described)