Temnothorax semiruber

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Temnothorax semiruber
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species: T. semiruber
Binomial name
Temnothorax semiruber
(André, 1881)

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Specimen Labels


On Crete this is an alpine species. Nests occur in rock crevices, under rocky vegetation and in rock dirt, always in sunlit positions. Workers forage within a maximum of 50cm from the nest (Salata, Borowiec & Trichas, 2018).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Bulgaria, Greece, Israel (type locality), Republic of Macedonia.

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.

  • semiruber. Leptothorax rottenbergi var. semiruber André, 1881b: 72 (w.) ISRAEL. Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Subspecies of rottenbergi: Santschi, 1909b: 475; Santschi, 1921a: 111. Raised to species and senior synonym of balcanica: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 56. See also: Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 141.
  • balcanica. Leptothorax rottenbergi var. balcanica Santschi, 1909b: 474, fig. 7 (w.) BULGARIA. Junior synonym of semiruber: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 56.