Messor marocanus

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

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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, Morocco (type locality), Portugal, Spain.


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • marocanus. Messor minor st. marocanus Santschi, 1927c: 248 (in key).
    • [First available use of Messor barbarus subsp. meridionalis var. maroccana Emery, 1908e: 451 (w.) MOROCCO; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • [Misspelled as maroccanus by De Haro & Collingwood, 1994: 102.]
    • Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 426 (m.); Gómez & Espadaler, 2005: 25 (q.).
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Santschi, 1917e: 90; Emery, 1921f: 71; Emery, 1922c: 94.
    • Subspecies of instabilis: Santschi, 1929e: 142; Santschi, 1931a: 4; Santschi, 1936c: 200; Bernard, 1945: 132.
    • Status as species: Collingwood & Yarrow, 1969: 64; Collingwood, 1978: 81 (in key); De Haro & Collingwood, 1994: 102; Bolton, 1995b: 255; Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998: 426; Collingwood & Prince, 1998: 14 (in key); Gómez & Espadaler, 2005: 25; Cagniant, 2006a: 197; Borowiec, L. 2014: 108; Lebas, et al. 2016: 292; Barech, et al. 2020: 16.
    • Material of the unavailable name laeviceps referred here by Emery, 1922c: 94, Santschi, 1929e: 142.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bernard F. 1970. Les fourmis de la forêt de Mâmora (Maroc). Revue d'Écologie et de Biologie du Sol 6:n483-513.
  • 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
  • Carpintero, S., A. Tinaut, J. Reyes, and L. Arias. "Estudio faunístico de los formícidos (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) del Parque Nacional de Doñana." Boletín de la Asociación Española de Entomología 25 (1-2) (2001): 133-152.
  • Collingwood C., and A. Prince. 1998. A guide to ants of continental Portugal (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Boletim da Sociedade Portuguesa de Entomologia. Suplemento 5: 1-49.
  • Delye, G., and J. L. Bonaric. "Fourmis du sud Marocain." Etude de certains milieux du Maroc et de leux evolution recente RCP 249 (1973).
  • Gómez, K., and X. Espadaler. "Description of the queen caste in Messor marocanus Santschi, 1927 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecologische Nachrichten 7 (2005): 25-29.
  • Santschi, F. 1917. Races et variétés nouvelles du Messor barbarus L. Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Afrique du Nord 8: 89-94.
  • Santschi, F.. "Inventa entomologica itineris Hispanici et Maroccani, quod a. 1926 fecerunt Harald et Håkan Lindberg. Fourmis du Bassin Méditerranéen occidental et du Maroc récoltées par MM. Lindberg." Societas Scientiarum Fennica (Helsingfors) 3 (14) (1931): 1-13.
  • 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.
  • Tinaut, A.. "Contribución al conocimiento de los formícidos del Parque Nacional de Doñana." Boletín de la Asociación Española de Entomología 15 (1991): 57-63.
  • de Haro, Andrés, and C. A. Collingwood. "Prospección mirmecológica por Andalucia." Boletín de la Estación Central de Ecología 6 (12) (1977): 85-90.
  • de Haro, Andrés, and C. A. Collingwood. "Prospección mirmecológica por Extremadura (España) y Sao Brás-Almodovar, Alcácer do Sal, Serra da Estrela (Portugal)." Boletim da Sociedade Portuguesa de Entomologia Suplemento 3(1) (1992): 95-104.
  • de Haro, Andrés, and C. A. Collingwood. "Prospección mirmecológica por el litoral mediterráneo de Marruecos (Cabo Negro, Martil, Oued Lau) y su comparación con la zona meridional ibérica." Orsis 9 (1994): 97-104.
  • de Haro, Andrés, and C. A. Collingwood. "Prospección mirmecológica por la península Tingitana al norte del Rif (Marruecos)." Orsis (Organismes i Sistemes) 12 (1997): 93-99.