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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
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