Messor intermedius

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Messor intermedius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. intermedius
Binomial name
Messor intermedius
Santschi, 1927

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Specimen Labels

Identification

Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - HW 2.78; EL/HW 0.16-0.17. This is a brown species with the alitrunk sometimes dark red but never as dark as the gaster. It resembles Messor semirufus in the relatively small eye size but is distinguished by the coarse sculpture and much darker colour.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia.
Palaearctic Region: Greece, Israel, Oman, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Turkmenistan.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • intermedius. Messor semirufus var. intermedius Santschi, 1927c: 229 (w.) SYRIA. [First available use of Messor barbarus subsp. semirufus var. intermedia Forel, 1910a: 10; unavailable name.] Subspecies of semirufus: Menozzi, 1927e: 117. Junior synonym of semirufus: Baroni Urbani, 1974: 227. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Arnol'di, 1977b: 1640 (in key). See also: Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1981: 142; Dlussky & Zabelin, 1985: 211.

Type Material

Salata & Borowiec (2019): syntype (w.): Messor | barbarus | subsp. semirufus | Andr. | v. intermedia | type | For || Typus || Doumar Syrie | (Kerville) 22 || Coll. | A. Forel || ANTWEB | CASENT0907736 (MHNG).

Description

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