Messor ceresis

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Messor ceresis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. ceresis
Binomial name
Messor ceresis
Santschi, 1934

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Specimen Labels

The species was described from Lebanon and is evidently rather local (Collingwood and Agosti 1996). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on parkland ground in a moderate rainfall area.


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - HW 1.3-1.5; EL/HW 0.20-0.223. This is a small apparently monomorphic red species resembling some forms of Messor minor, differing in the coarser sculpture of the head and alitrunk, slightly larger eyes, stronger development of the psammophore, distinctly angulate propodeum and less variable size. There are 0-2 projecting hairs at each side on the occiput, two pairs each on the pronotum, petiole and postpetiole with a few hairs at the distal margin of the first gastral tergite. Head, alitrunk and nodes are entirely reddish.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia.
Palaearctic Region: Iran, Lebanon (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.

  • ceresis. Messor ceresis Santschi, 1934d: 274 (w.) LEBANON.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 253; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 316; Nezhad, et al. 2012: 68; Borowiec, L. 2014: 104.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.