Messor lusitanicus

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Messor lusitanicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. lusitanicus
Binomial name
Messor lusitanicus
Tinaut, 1985

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Specimen Labels

This ant is preyed upon by numerous spider species in the genus Zodarion (Araneae: Zodariidae). All members of this genus are specialized ant predators that exclusively prey on ants. (Pekár et al. 2018)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.

  • lusitanicus. Messor lusitanicus Tinaut, 1985: 85 (w.q.m.) PORTUGAL. [First available use of Messor structor st. hispanicus var. lusitanicus Santschi, 1929e: 144; unavailable name.]



  • Pekar, S., L. Petrakova, O. Sedo, S. Korenko, and Z. Zdrahal. 2018. Trophic niche, capture efficiency and venom profiles of six sympatric ant-eating spider species (Araneae: Zodariidae). Molecular Ecology. 27:1053-1064. doi:10.1111/mec.14485
  • Santschi, F. 1929e. Fourmis du Maroc, d'Algérie et de Tunisie. Bull. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 69: 138-165 (page 144, First available use of Messor structor st. hispanicus var. lusitanicus; unavailable name.)
  • Tinaut, A. 1985. Descripción de los sexuados de Messor lusitanicus Santschi, 1929 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Nouv. Rev. Entomol. (n.s.) 2: 85-90 (page 85, worker, queen, male described)