Current View: All Antweb
Change View
Cite this page

Citing AntWeb


To cite this page, please use the following:

· For print: . Accessed

· For web:

Species: Messor capensis   (Mayr, 1862) 

Download Data

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Atta capensis Mayr, 1862 PDF: 743 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Mayr, 1866b PDF: 896 (q.m.).
Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b PDF: 30; in Stenamma (Messor): Emery, 1895i PDF: 35; in Messor: Forel, 1910f PDF: 444.
Status as species: Santschi, 1917e PDF: 94; Wheeler, 1922: 804; Bolton, 1982 PDF: 345.
Senior synonym of Messor braunsi, Messor donisthorpei, Messor pseudoaegyptiaca, Messor schencki: Bolton, 1982 PDF: 345.

Taxon Page Images:

Messor capensis.  1. Polymorphic workers; 2. Drone; 3. Queen. Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, South Africa; 14 August 2016. Photos and collection by Philip Herbst


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in Ephemeral river bed and adjacent vegetation in Olifantshoek Plains Thornveld, 2 times found in Fynbos, 2 times found in Heavily grazed grassland, 2 times found in Rehabilitated waste rock dump, 18 degree slope, 1 times found in Estuary, 1 times found in Dwarf Karroid shrubland in Gordonia Duneveld, 1 times found in Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos, 1 times found in Coega Bontveld.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times in soil, 1 times soil.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 6 times Pitfall trap, 5 days, 3 times pooter, 3 times Hand collected, 2 times Pitfall trap, 1 times direct collection, 1 times Pitfall trap, 3 week.

Elevations: collected from 8 - 1560 meters, 934 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Atta capensis: casent0916075; Paratype: sam-ent-011653; syntype of Aphaenogaster pseudoaegyptiaca: casent0904139; syntype of Messor capensis: casent0900466; syntype of Messor braunsi: casent0907742; syntype of Messor donisthorpei: casent0913166, casent0913167; type of Atta capensis: focol1259; type of Messor barbarus r. capensis var. schencki: focol1260; type of Messor braunsi: focol1269, focol1270

See something amiss? Send us an email.