Aphaenogaster obsidiana

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Aphaenogaster obsidiana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species: A. obsidiana
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster obsidiana
(Mayr, 1861)

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Specimen Labels


A member of the Aphaenogaster obsidiana-group.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 42.763146° to 38.033333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Georgia, Iran, Israel, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Russian Federation (type locality), Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • obsidiana. Atta obsidiana Mayr, 1861: 67 (diagnosis in key) (w.) RUSSIA (“aus den kaukasischen Alpen”).
    • Ruzsky, 1905b: 725 (q.); Karavaiev, 1926b: 98 (m.).
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b: 29; Ruzsky, 1905b: 723;
    • combination in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster): Ruzsky, 1902d: 26;
    • combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 58.
    • Status as species: Roger, 1863b: 29; Mayr, 1863: 396; André, 1874: 196 (in key); Emery & Forel, 1879: 463; André, 1883b: 364 (in key); Nasonov, 1889: 38; Dalla Torre, 1893: 103; Ruzsky, 1902d: 26; Ruzsky, 1905b: 723; Emery, 1908c: 335; Forel, 1913d: 428; Emery, 1921f: 58; Karavaiev, 1926b: 97; Finzi, 1930a: 155; Finzi, 1939c: 153; Baroni Urbani, 1971c: 50; Arnol'di, 1976b: 1023 (in key); Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 536 (in key); Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 270 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 71; Petrov, 2006: 90 (in key); Gratiashvili & Barjadze, 2008: 137; Karaman, M.G. 2011b: 19; Legakis, 2011: 7; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 465; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 16; Kiran, et al. 2013: 49 (in key); Borowiec, L. 2014: 15; Lebas, et al. 2016: 258.



  • Borowiec, L. & Salata, S. 2013. Ants of Greece – additions and corrections (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 24, 335-401.
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 58, combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma))
  • Karavaiev, V. 1926b. Beiträge zur Ameisenfauna des Kaukasus, nebst einigen Bemerkungen über andere palaearktische Formen. Konowia 5: 93-109 (page 98, male described)
  • Mayr, G. 1861. Die europäischen Formiciden. Nach der analytischen Methode bearbeitet. Wien: C. Gerolds Sohn, 80 pp. (page 67, (diagnosis in key) worker described)
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 29, combination in Aphaenogaster)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1902d. Material on the ant fauna of the Caucasus and the Crimea. Protok. Obshch. Estestvoispyt. Imp. Kazan. Univ. 206(su suppl: 1-33 (page 26, combination in Stenamma (Aphaenogaster))
  • Ruzsky, M. 1905b. The ants of Russia. (Formicariae Imperii Rossici). Systematics, geography and data on the biology of Russian ants. Part I. Tr. Obshch. Estestvoispyt. Imp. Kazan. Univ. 38(4-6 6: 1-800 (page 725, queen described; page 723, combination in Aphaenogaster)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2012. Ants of Greece - Checklist, comments and new faunistic data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus 23(4): 461-563.
  • Dubovikoff D. A., and Z. M. Yusupov. 2018. Family Formicidae - Ants. In Belokobylskij S. A. and A. S. Lelej: Annotated catalogue of the Hymenoptera of Russia. Proceedingss of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 6: 197-210.
  • Finzi B. 1930. Contributo allo studio degli Aphaenogaster paleartici (Formicidae-Myrmicinae). Bollettino della Società Entomologica Italiana 62: 151-156.
  • Ghahari H., and C. A. Collingwood. 2013. A study on the ants (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Formicidae) from Western Iran. Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 48 (1): 155–164.
  • Gratiashvili N., Barjadze S. 2008. Checklist of the ants (Formicidae Latreille, 1809) of Georgia. Proceedings of the Institute of Zoology (Tbilisi) 23: 130-146.
  • Karavaiev V. 1926. Beiträge zur Ameisenfauna des Kaukasus, nebst einigen Bemerkungen über andere palaearktische Formen. Konowia 5: 93-109.
  • Kiran K., H. Alipanah, and O. Paknia. 2013. A new species of the ant genus Aphaenogaster Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Asian Myrmecology 5: 45-51.
  • Petrov I. Z., and C. A. Collingwood. 1992. Survey of the myrmecofauna (Formicidae, Hymenoptera) of Yugoslavia. Archives of Biological Sciences (Belgrade) 44: 79-91.