Plagiolepis xene

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Plagiolepis xene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. xene
Binomial name
Plagiolepis xene
Stärcke, 1936

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Specimen Labels

This species is a workerless inquiline in the nests of Plagiolepis pygmaea. Queens live in the nest of a different ant species, have no workers and are entirely dependent on their hosts for food. The queens produce eggs that are cared for and raised to maturity by the host workers.

At a Glance • Workerless Inquiline  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Andorra, Balearic Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Italy (type locality), Montenegro, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

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.

  • xene. Plagiolepis xene Stärcke, 1936: 279 (q.) ITALY. Kutter, 1952: 61 (m.). Combination in P. (Paraplagiolepis): Faber, 1969: 65. See also: Bernard, 1967: 278.