Messor lobicornis

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Messor lobicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. lobicornis
Binomial name
Messor lobicornis
Forel, 1894

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 42.221944° to 33.466667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality), Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Messor lobicornisWorker. Specimen code casent0907750. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • lobicornis. Aphaenogaster (Messor) lobicornis Forel, 1894d: 31 (w.) ALGERIA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Algeria: Oran, Carvanserai Aïn Ghoraba, nr Terni, iii.1893 (A. Forel).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Combination in Messor: Emery, 1908e: 458.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1908e: 458; Karavaiev, 1912a: 10; Emery, 1921f: 74; Cagniant, 1968a: 143; Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 64; Cagniant, 1970a: 416; Collingwood, 1978: 81 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 255; Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 431; Cagniant, 2006a: 197; Borowiec, L. 2014: 107 (see note in bibliography); Barech, et al. 2020: 14.
    • Senior synonym of batnensis: Barech, et al. 2020: 14.
    • Distribution: Algeria, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, Spain.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus normandi, submuticus.
  • batnensis. Messor lobicornis var. batnensis Forel, 1909e: 371 (w.q.) ALGERIA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-locality: Algeria: nr Batna, 21-23.iii.1909 (A. Forel).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Subspecies of lobicornis: Emery, 1921f: 74; Bolton, 1995b: 252.
    • Junior synonym of lobicornis: Barech, et al. 2020: 14.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Asociacion Iberica de Mirmecologia. 2011. List of species collected during the Taxomara Lisboa 2010. Iberomyrmex 3: 32-33.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Cagniant, H and X. Espadaler, X. 1998 [1997]. Le genre Messor au Maroc (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (n.s.) 33: 419-434
  • Cagniant, H. 1968. Liste preliminaire de fourmis forestieres d'Algerie. Resultats obtenus de 1963 a 1964. Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse 104: 138-147
  • Cagniant, H., and X. Espadaler. "Le genre Messor au Maroc." Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (N.S.) 33 (4) (1998): 419-434.
  • Cagniant, H.. "Deuxième liste de fourmis d'Algérie récoltées principalement en forêt. (1re partie)." Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse 105 (1970): 405-430.
  • Cagniant, H.. "Liste actualisee des fourmis du Maroc (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecologische Nachrichten 8 (2006): 193-200.
  • Cagniant, H.. "Liste préliminaire de fourmis forestières d'Algérie. Résultats obtenus de 1963 à 1966." Bulletin de la Societe d'Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse 104 (1968): 138-147.
  • Cagniant, H.. Les peuplements de fourmis des forêts algériennes: écologie, biocénotique, essai biologique. Universite de Toulouse, 1973.
  • Collingwood, C. A., and I. H. H. Yarrow. "A survey of Iberian Formicidae." EOS (Revista española de entomología) 44 (1969): 53-101.
  • Forel, A. 1894. Les formicides de la province d'Oran (Algerie). Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 30: 1-45.
  • Forel, A.. "Les Formicides de la Province d'Oran (Algérie)." Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 30 (1894): 1-45.
  • Santschi F. 1929. Fourmis du Maroc, d'Algerie et de Tunisie. Bulletin et Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belge 69: 138-165.
  • Santschi, F. 1918. Leptothorax nouveaux de l'Afrique mineure. Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Afrique du Nord 9: 31-38.
  • Tinaut A. 2016. Ants of the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Mountains Natural Park (Andalusia, Spain) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Boln. Asoc. esp. Ent., 40 (1-2): 125-159.