Monomorium abeillei

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Monomorium abeillei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species group: salomonis
Species: M. abeillei
Binomial name
Monomorium abeillei
André, 1881

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Specimen Labels


This is a wide-ranging Middle Eastern species found throughout Arabia from coastal lowlands to high mountains (Collingwood and Agosti 1996). Heatwole (1990) found Monomorium ants to be the commonest component of the desert ant fauna in the United Arab Emirates sand dunes. This species (under the name M. wahibiense) was the most numerous and is clearly a true desert-adapted species (Collingwood and Agosti 1996).



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 34.341944° to 13.083333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel (type locality), Kuwait, Oman (type locality).

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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Paratype of Monomorium wahibienseWorker. Specimen code casent0913864. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMB, Basel, Switzerland.


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

  • abeillei. Monomorium abeillei André, in Emery, 1881b: 531 (footnote, and in key) (w.) ISRAEL (date of publication 9.iii.1881).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Israel (“Palestine”): Jaffa (= Tel Aviv-Yafo) (Abeille de Perrin).
    • Type-depository: MNHN.
    • [Also described as new by André, 1881b: 67 (date of publication 22.vii.1881).]
    • Combination in M. (Xeromyrmex): Emery, 1922e: 177.
    • Subspecies of salomonis: Forel, 1910a: 23; Emery, 1922e: 177; Menozzi, 1933b: 66 (in key); Hamann & Klemm, 1967: 413.
    • Status as species: André, 1883a: 335 (in key); Dalla Torre, 1893: 65; Emery, 1908h: 678; Wheeler, W.M. & Mann, 1916: 171; Collingwood, 1961a: 61; Ettershank, 1966: 87; Collingwood, 1985: 269; Kugler, J. 1988: 258; Bolton, 1995b: 258; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 340; Paknia, et al. 2008: 155; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 43; Legakis, 2011: 14; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 432; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 517; Borowiec, L. 2014: 114; Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, 2014: 135; Khalili-Moghadam, et al. 2019: 177; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2020: 13; Sharaf, Abdel-Dayem, et al. 2020: 547.
    • Distribution: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
  • wahibiense. Monomorium wahibiense Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 357 (w.) OMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype Oman: Wahibi Sands, 6.viii.1986 (M.D. Gallagher); paratypes: workers with same data, workers United Arab Emirates: Djebel Haffete, 3-4.x.1984 (H. Heatwole), workers United Arab Emirates: Ras Ghanada, ix.1992 (B. Tigar).
    • Type-depository: WMLC.
    • [Note: Sharaf, Mohamed, Boudinot, et al. 2021: 21, report 1 ‘syntype’ in WMLC; other type-material possibly in OMHN if Gallagher material has been retained there, possibly in NCSU if Heatwole material returned there.]
    • Status as species: Collingwood, et al. 2011: 438; Borowiec, L. 2014: 127.
    • Junior synonym of abeillei: Sharaf, Mohamed, Boudinot, et al. 2021: 12.

Type Material

Monomorium wahibiense: Holotype: worker, Oman, Wahiba Sands, 6.VIII.1986, M.D. Gallagher. - Paratypes: Oman: workers, same series as holotype. - United Arab Emirates: workers, Djebel Haffete, 3-4.X.1984, H. Heatwole; workers, Ras Ghanada, IX.1992, B. Tigar.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - TL 2.40-2.75; CI 78-91; SI 90-104; EL/HW 0.24-0.29.

Anterior margin of clypeus slightly concave. Eyes moderately large, about one quarter HW with 9-10 ommatidia in the longest row. Head almost straight-sided, occiput weakly emarginate in dorsal view with rounded corners. In profile the alitrunk has the promesonotal dorsum meeting the flat propodeum at an oblique angle. The propodeum has a characteristic well-defined, longitudinal V-shaped furrow bordered by a distinct raised edge at each side. The petiole in profile is a high rounded triangle, in dorsal view mildly transverse but not wider than the postpetiole. The pronotum has one pair of hairs, the petiole one pair and the postpetiole two pairs. There are a few scattered hairs on the first gastral tergite. The head, pronotum and nodes have superficial reticulate sculpture; the mesopropodeum and the sides of the head are coarsely punctate. The gaster is brilliant with very superficial sculpture. The body colour is evenly brownish black to black with reddish articulations, pale funiculi, tarsi and mandibles.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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