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Species: Messor arenarius   (Fabricius, 1787) 

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See Also:

Messor arenarius alfierii, Messor arenarius diabolus, Messor arenarius ratus, Messor arenarius thebaicus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 4 valid subspecies

Formica arenaria Fabricius, 1787 PDF: 310 (w.) NORTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

André, 1883b: 366 (q.); Emery, 1891c: 12 (q.m.); Forel, 1902a PDF: 148 (m.).
Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b PDF: 29; in Messor (Messor): Forel, 1890b PDF: lxx; in Messor: Forel, 1894d PDF: 45; in Stenamma (Messor): Emery, 1898c PDF: 125.
Combination in Messor: Emery, 1908f PDF: 439.
Status as species: Emery, 1908f PDF: 439; Santschi, 1938a PDF: 32.
Senior synonym of Messor bugnioni: Forel, 1904g PDF: 424.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Palearctic

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in sand dunes.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times Hand.

Type specimens: syntype of Messor barbarus striativentris beduina: casent0917755; syntype of Messor barbarus striativentris beduina: casent0904137

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