Strongylognathus destefanii

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Strongylognathus destefanii
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Strongylognathus
Species: S. destefanii
Binomial name
Strongylognathus destefanii
Emery, 1915

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Specimen Labels

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Italy (type locality).

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.

  • destefanii. Strongylognathus destefanii Emery, 1915a: 263 (q.) ITALY (Sicily). Donisthorpe, 1927a: 6 (w.). Material of the unavailable name kutteri referred here by Baroni Urbani, 1964b: 54. Senior synonym of cecconii, emeryi: Sanetra, Güsten & Schulz, 1999: 340.
  • cecconii. Strongylognathus huberi subsp. cecconii Emery, 1916b: 199 (q.) ITALY. [First available use of Strongylognathus huberi subsp. rehbinderi var. cecconii Emery, 1908d: 24; unavailable name.] Raised to species: Baroni Urbani, 1969c: 133. Junior synonym of destefanii: Sanetra, Güsten & Schulz, 1999: 340.
  • emeryi. Strongylognathus emeryi Menozzi, 1921: 30, fig. 3 (q.) ITALY. Junior synonym of destefanii: Sanetra, Güsten & Schulz, 1999: 340.

Taxonomic Notes

Seifert (2018) found that Strongylognathus italicus clusters with, and is morphologically similar to, Strongylognathus alboini and the two should be synonomised. However, currently available data did not exclude the possibility that Strongylognathus destefanii (or one of its two junior synonyms, Strongylognathus emeryi or Strongylognathus huberi cecconii) may be a senior synonym within this set. As such, no formal taxonomic changes were proposed.



  • Baroni Urbani, C. 1964b. Studi sulla mirmecofauna d'Italia. II. Formiche di Sicilia. Atti Accad. Gioenia Sci. Nat. (6) 16: 25-66 (page 54, Material of the unavailable name kutteri referred here.)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1927a. The ants (Formicidae), and some myrmecophiles, of Sicily. [concl.]. Entomol. Rec. J. Var. 39: 6-9 (page 6, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1915a. Contributo alla conoscenza delle formiche delle isole italiane. Descrizione di forme mediterrannee nuove o critiche. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 46[=(3)(6): 244-270 (page 263, queen described)
  • Sanetra, M.; Güsten,, R. 2001. The socially parasitic ant genus Strongylognathus Mayr in North Africa (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 20: 1-20.
  • Sanetra, M.; Güsten, R.; Schulz, A. 1999. On the taxonomy and distribution of Italian Tetramorium species and their social parasites (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Mem. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 77: 317-357 (page 340, Senior synonym of cecconii and emeryi)
  • Seifert, B. 2018. The ants of Central and Northern Europe. lutra Verlags- und Vertiebsgesellschaft, Tauer, 408 pp.