Messor foreli

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Messor foreli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. foreli
Binomial name
Messor foreli
Santschi, 1923

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Specimen Labels


This is a true desert species common in the northern Sahara (Collingwood and Agosti 1996).


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - HW 1.35-1.39; SI 94; EL/HW 0.30. This is a small species characterised by its large eyes, dentate propodeum and hairless propodeum, nodes and first gastral tergite. The colour is evenly reddish brown to brownish black and the sculpture is dilute with the whole body shining. The postpetiole is rather low and slightly truncate.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • foreli. Messor aegyptiacus var. foreli Santschi, 1923f: 322, fig. 1 (w.) TUNISIA. Raised to species: Bernard, 1981b: 143. Senior synonym of fossulatus: Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 427. Current subspecies: nomial plus brevispinosus, surcoufi.
  • fossulatus. Messor aegyptiacus var. fossulatus Santschi, 1923f: 323, fig. 1 (w.q.m.) TUNISIA. Subspecies of aegyptiacus: Menozzi, 1940: 267. Junior synonym of foreli: Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 427.



  • Bernard, F. 1981b. Revision of the genus Messor (harvesting ants) on a biometrical basis. Pp. 141-145 in: Howse, P. E., Clement, J.-L. (eds.) Biosystematics of social insects. Systematics Association Special Volume No. 19. London: Academic Press, 346 pp. (page 143, Raised to species)
  • Cagniant, H.; Espadaler, X. 1998 [1997]. Le genre Messor au Maroc (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (n.s.) 33: 419-434 (page 427, Senior synonym of fossulatus)
  • Collingwood, C. A. and D. Agosti. 1996. Formicidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Saudi Arabia (part 2). Fauna Saudi Arabia. 15:300-385.
  • Santschi, F. 1923f. Messor et autres fourmis paléarctiques. Rev. Suisse Zool. 30: 317-336 (page 322, Fig. 1 worker described)