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Species: Plagiolepis schmitzii   Forel, 1895 

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See Also:

Plagiolepis schmitzii canariensis, Plagiolepis schmitzii tingitana

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 2 valid subspecies

Plagiolepis pygmaea var. Schmitzii Forel, 1895e PDF: 231 (w.q.) PORTUGAL (Madeira I.). Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Santschi, 1911i PDF: 286 (m.).
Raised to species: Santschi, 1920g PDF: 168.
See also: Sharaf et al., 2011 PDF: 208.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Macaronesia, Morocco, Tunisia
    Asia: Iran
    Europe: Portugal, Spain
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Palearctic

Distribution Notes:

Azores, Madeira


(Dutch vernacular name: Atlantische dwergschubmier)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in Ruderal, 4 times found in Cesped, 3 times found in Pinus halepensis Forest, 3 times found in Pinus halepensis+pistacea lentiscus, 3 times found in Pinar, 2 times found in Gardens, 2 times found in Graden, Lawn, 2 times found in Jardines, 2 times found in Campo de labranza, 2 times found in Cultives, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 18 times Foraging, 4 times Forrajeando, 3 times Nest under stone, 1 times Nido bajo piedra en el litoral, 1 times under stone, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times on wall in the shade, 1 times Nido en suelo, 1 times Nido bajo piedra, 1 times garden/lawn, 1 times Foraging on tree, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 46 times Hand, 5 times search, 1 times 6L sifted litter, extracted in Winkler sack over 14 hours.

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1780 meters, 582 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Plagiolepis schmitzii: casent0909858; paralectotype of Plagiolepis schmitzii: casent0909859; syntype of Plagiolepis barbara madeirensis: casent0905140; syntype of Plagiolepis pygmaea barbara: casent0912428; syntype of Plagiolepis schmitzi crosi: casent0912429; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Plagiolepis schmitzii crossi gaetula: casent0912430

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