Temnothorax spinosus

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Temnothorax spinosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species: T. spinosus
Binomial name
Temnothorax spinosus
(Forel, 1909)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Algeria (type locality), Morocco (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a host for the ant Temnothorax algerianus (a slave maker) in Algeria, Morocco (Buschinger et al., 1990) (the most common host).
  • This species is a host for the ant Temnothorax tramieri (a slave maker) in Algeria, Morocco (Cagniant, 1983).



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

  • spinosus. Leptothorax tuberum r. spinosus Forel, 1909e: 377 (w.) ALGERIA. [First available use of Leptothorax tuberum r. unifasciatus var. spinosus Forel, 1894d: 38; unavailable name.] Cagniant, 1970b: 203 (q.m.). Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Raised to species: Cagniant, 1970b: 201; Cagniant, 1987c: 249.
  • maurus. Leptothorax maurus Santschi, 1921b: 427 (w.) MOROCCO.
    • Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271.
    • Status as species: Bernard, 1945: 134; Bolton, 1995b: 241 (error); Bolton, 2003: 271 (error); Borowiec, L. 2014: 182 (error).
    • Junior synonym of spinosus: Cagniant, 1970b: 208.



  • n = 16 (Algeria) (Fischer, 1987) (as Leptothorax spinosus).