Messor carpathous

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Messor carpathous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. carpathous
Binomial name
Messor carpathous
Menozzi, 1936

This species is poorly known. Workers were collected at twilight, in dry phrygana on Karpathos. Nest was in soil, with the area between nest entrances and its vicinity covered with dense net of paths that were used by workers (Salata & Borowiec, 2019).


Salata & Borowiec (2019): Messor carpathous was described as a subspecies of Messor oertzeni but it differs from it, and from related Messor alexandri, in reduced or absent sculpture on vertex, temple, and genae and in propodeum with wide at base, lobe-shaped projections, with blunt, rounded, and directed outwards tips. Messor carpathous can be also confused with Messor hellenius and some taxa of the M. structor group. It differs from M. hellenius in lack of psammophores; from Messor muticus in lack of abundant standing setae on side of head and presence of lobe-shaped projections on propodeum; from Messor mcarthuri and Messor varrialei in presence of lobe at the base of scape and propodeum with lobe-shaped projections; from Messor clivorum in reduced or absent sculpture on vertex, temple, and genae.


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.

  • carpathous. Messor oertzeni var. carpathous Menozzi, 1936d: 277, fig. VI, 2 (w.) GREECE (Scarpanto I.).
    • Subspecies of oertzeni: Bolton, 1995b: 253; Legakis, 2011: 9.
    • Status as species: Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 46; Salata & Borowiec, 2019a: 54 (redescription).

Type Material

  • Lectotype (designated by Salata & Borowiec, 2019: 54), top of the pin (w.): Piles | Scarpanto | 22.iv.1934 | C. Menozzi || M. oertzeni | v. carpathus | Typus! Menoz. | Menozzi deter. (DSAB).
  • Paralectotypes (2w.): two other workers on the same pin.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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