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)

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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.]

Description

References

  • 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)