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Species: Lasius niger   (Linnaeus, 1758) 

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Lasius niger_cf, Lasius niger_nr1, Lasius niger aliena, Lasius niger alieno, Lasius niger alieno-americanus, Lasius niger alieno-brunneus, Lasius niger alieno-niger, Lasius niger alieno-nigra, Lasius niger alienoamericanus, Lasius niger alienobrunnea, Lasius niger alienobrunneus, Lasius niger alienoides, Lasius niger alienoniger, Lasius niger aliensis, Lasius niger alienus, Lasius niger americana, Lasius niger americanus, Lasius niger barbara, Lasius niger bruneus, Lasius niger brunneo-alienus, Lasius niger brunneo-emarginatus, Lasius niger brunneoalienus, Lasius niger brunneoides, Lasius niger brunneus, Lasius niger coloratus, Lasius niger emarginatus, Lasius niger flavescens, Lasius niger flavidus, Lasius niger fumatus, Lasius niger fuscula, Lasius niger grande, Lasius niger grandis, Lasius niger himalayana, Lasius niger himalayanus, Lasius niger lasiodes, Lasius niger lasioides, Lasius niger latioides, Lasius niger neoniger, Lasius niger neonigra, Lasius niger niger, Lasius niger nigro-aliena, Lasius niger nigro-emarginatus, Lasius niger nigroemarginatus, Lasius niger pallidus, Lasius niger pilicornis, Lasius niger pinetorum, Lasius niger sitka, Lasius niger sitkaensis, Lasius niger sitkensis, Lasius niger turcica, Lasius niger turcicus, Lasius niger turkmenus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

1 subspecies

Formica nigra Linnaeus, 1758 PDF: 580 (w.) EUROPE. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Lasius: Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 415.
Combination in Donisthorpea: Donisthorpe, 1915f: 200.
Combination in Formicina (Donisthorpea): Emery, 1916a PDF: 240.
Combination in Acanthomyops: Forel, 1916 PDF: 460; .
Senior synonym of Lasius nigerrima: Emery, 1892c PDF: 162.
Senior synonym of Lasius pallescens: Mayr, 1861 PDF: 49.
Combination in Acanthomyops (Donisthorpea): Donisthorpe, 1927a PDF: 8; Donisthorpe, 1950e PDF:1063;.
Senior synonym of Lasius alienoniger, Lasius emeryi, Lasius nitidus, Lasius minimus, Lasius transylvanica and material of the unavailable name Lasius pilicornis referred here: Wilson, 1955a PDF: 59.
Current subspecies: nominal plus Lasius niger pinetorum.
Senior synonym of Lasius alienoniger: Kutter, 1977c: 14.


Indomalaya Region: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan
Nearctic Region: Alberta, Arizona, Baja California, California, Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Nova Scotia, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Palearctic Region: Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Basel Land, Belarus, Belgium, Brabant-Wallon, Brandenburg, Brussel Hoofdstedelijk G, Bulgaria, Central Bohemia, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dobrich, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Geneva, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hainaut, Hovedstaden, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liguria, Limburg, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Murcia, Namur, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Oost-Vlaanderen, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sjaelland, Skåne, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sofia province, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Valais, Vlaams-Brabant, Västra Götaland, West-Vlaanderen, Western Finland, Zurich

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Lasius niger   Forel, A., 1886, Études myrmécologiques en 1886., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 30, pp. 131-215: 76, (download) 76 3923
Lasius niger   Forel, A., 1894, Les formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part IV. Adjonction aux genres Camponotus, Mayr., et Polyrhachis, Shuck., Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 8, pp. 396-420: 404, (download) 404 3951
Lasius niger   Forel, A., 1904, Note sur les fourmis du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences à St. Pétersbourg., Yezhegodnik Zoologicheskogo Muzeya Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk 8, pp. 368-388: 19, (download) 19 3994
Lasius niger   Smith, F., 1851, List of the specimens of British animals in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. - Hymenoptera Aculeata., London: British Museum: 2-3, (download) 2-3 8200
Lasius niger   Emery, C., 1893, Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud aux iles Canaries. Formicides., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 62, pp. 81-88: 85, (download) 85 3764
Lasius niger   Forel, A., 1890, Fourmis de Tunisie et de l'Algérie orientale., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique, Comptes-rendus des Seances 34, pp. 61-76: 67, (download) 67 3926
Lasius niger   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008
Lasius niger   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 99-100, (download) 99-100 6175

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 0 times found in Unknown, 0 times found in anthropogenic, 0 times found in dry grassland, 0 times found in heathlands, 0 times found in Wet grassland, 0 times found in Forest, 0 times found in dunes & inland dunes, 0 times found in shrubs, 0 times found in Rocks (rocky-calcareous grasslands), 9 times found in pine/fir woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times under rock, 1 times under rocks, 3 times nest under rock, 1 times crater nest in soil, 2 times nest under rocks in exposed area, 2 times nest under rock at bottom of gully, 2 times Forrajenado, 2 times Forrajeando, 1 times under stone, 1 times ex root of dead Artemisia tridentata, 1 times strays on river bank, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 0 times Manual catch, 0 times Pitfall trap, 0 times Color trap, 20 times hand collecting, 1 times Search, 0 times White pitfall, 11 times Hand, 0 times under rock, 0 times insect net, 0 times Malaise trap, 0 times beating, ...

Elevations: collected from 3 - 2685 meters, 853 meters average

Type specimens: type of Lasius niger: casent0903221

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