Messor melancholicus

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Messor melancholicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. melancholicus
Binomial name
Messor melancholicus
Arnol'di, 1977

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan.

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.

  • melancholicus. Messor melancholicus Arnol'di, 1977b: 1639 (s.w.) CAUCASUS. [First available use of Messor structor subsp. striaticeps var. melancholica Karavaiev, 1926b: 104; unavailable name.] Senior synonym of schelkovnikovi: Arakelian, 1994: 36.
  • schelkovnikovi. Messor melancholicus subsp. schelkovnikovi Arnol'di, 1977b: 1639 (w.q.) KAZAKHSTAN. Junior synonym of melancholicus: Arakelian, 1994: 36.



  • Arakelian, G. R. 1994. Fauna of the Republic of Armenia. Hymenopterous insects. Ants (Formicidae). Erevan: Gitutium, 153 pp. (page 36, Senior synonym of schelkovnikovi)
  • Arnol'di, K. V. 1977b. Review of the harvester ants of the genus Messor (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the fauna of the USSR. Zool. Zh. 5 56: 1637-1648 (page 1639, soldier, worker described)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1926b. Beiträge zur Ameisenfauna des Kaukasus, nebst einigen Bemerkungen über andere palaearktische Formen. Konowia 5: 93-109 (page 104, First available use of Messor structor subsp. striaticeps var. melancholica; unavailable name.)