The type locality of this species is within the Shada Al-A’Ala Nature Reserve, a protected area consisting of an isolated granite mountain massif in southwestern Saudi Arabia. This a Nature Reserve located in the Al Bahah Province in the southwestern KSA at an elevational range of 470–2,222 m. The locality is characterized by relatively high rainfall, diverse habitats, and high biodiversity, as well as by the presence of large areas of terraced fields used for cultivating banana, coffee, figs, and lemon. The region has a diverse range of wild vegetation cover including plants of the Leguminosae (Fabaceae), composites (Asteraceae), and graminoides (Poaceae). Acacia (Fabaceae) and Juniper (Cupressaceae) are the most dominant plants (SWA, 2018; El-Hawagry et al., 2016). Shada Al-A’Ala harbors a high number of endemic animals including birds, mammals (SWA, 2018) and insects (El-Hawagry et al., 2016).
Monomorium heggyi is diagnosed by the following character combination:
- scapes when laid back from their insertions just reaching posterior margin of head
- head in full-face view with eyes located nearly at midlength
- promesonotal outline feebly convex or flat, sloping posteriorly to narrow and shallowly impressed metanotal groove
Distribution based on type material
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- heggyi. Monomorium heggyi Sharaf, in Sharaf et al., 2021: 31, figs. 16A-C (w.) SAUDI ARABIA (Al Baha).