Temnothorax rottenbergii

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Temnothorax rottenbergii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species group: rottenbergii
Species: T. rottenbergii
Binomial name
Temnothorax rottenbergii
(Emery, 1870)

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Specimen Labels


Xerothermophilous and alpine species associated with rock and stones on open, sunny habitats such as mountain pastures, grasslands or edges of forests (Salata & Borowiec, 2019).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands, Croatia, Greece, Italy (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the ant Temnothorax brunneus (a slave maker) in Morocco (Buschinger & Douwes, 1990).



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • rottenbergii. Macromischa rottenbergii Emery, 1870: 199 (w.q.) ITALY (Sicily). Emery, 1895b: 69 (m.). Combination in Leptothorax: Emery, 1878b: 51; in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Current subspecies: nominal plus ernesti, jesus, scabriosus. See also: Emery, 1916b: 187.

Type Material

Types studied by Salata et al. (2018): Temnothorax rottenbergii: Syntype (w.) (CASENT0904731): [Leptothorax | Rottenbergi | Em | Catania Rottb. || TYPUS || ANTWEB | CASENT | 0904731 || Catania | v. Rottb. || Museo Civico di Genoa || Collezione | EMERY] (MSNG).



  • n = 11 (Italy) (Fischer, 1987) (as Leptothorax rottenbergii).