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Species: Lasius (Lasius) niger

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

1 subspecies

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

Taxonomic history

Combination in Lasius: Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 415; in Donisthorpea: Donisthorpe, 1915f: 200; in Formicina (Donisthorpea): Emery, 1916a PDF: 240; in Acanthomyops: Forel, 1916 PDF: 460; in Lasius: Menozzi, 1921 PDF: 32; Müller, 1923b: 124; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929a PDF: 26; Wilson, 1955a PDF: 59.
Senior synonym of Lasius pallescens: Mayr, 1861 PDF: 49; of Lasius nigerrima: Emery, 1892c PDF: 162; 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; of Lasius alienoniger: Kutter, 1977c: 14.
Current subspecies: nominal plus Lasius niger pinetorum.


Throughout SLO


Various open habitats, common in urban areas


(Dutch vernacular name: wegmier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Forel, A., 1886:
[[ worker ]] et [[ queen ]] recoltes a Hakodate, Japon, par M. Hilgendorf (Musee de Berlin). Ces exemplaires sont absolument identiques a ceux d'Europe. — Comme cette espece si commune est deja connue comme habitant toute l'Europe, le Turkestan, le nord de l'Afrique, Madere et les Etats-Unis, on peut bien admettre maintenant qu'elle habite tout l'hemisphere nord jusqu'a environ 30 degres de latitude au sud.

Forel, A., 1890:
Tébessa (jardins).

Smith, F.:
Syst. Piez. 415,1. Formica minor, Ray , Hist. Ins. 69.
Swamm. Bill. Nat. t. 16, f. 1 - 11. The small black Ant, Gould, Eng. Ants, ii. 5. La Fourmi toute noire, Geoff. Ins. Par. ii. 429, 6. Hab. - Britain, Banks.

Emery, C., 1893:
— Canaria, Tenerife (M. Noualhier). Forme typique a scapes et tibias tres poilus.
Ces deux especes sont tres communes en Europe; la deuxieme a ete trouvee aussi dans le nord de l'Afrique, ou elle a ete probablement importee d'Europe.

Ward, P. S., 2005:

Forel, A., 1904:
Chine occidentale (Sze-tschwan, fl. Pasyn-kou, pres de Tschzumse, 2 [[ queen ]], 19. VII; vallee de Maon-jukou, 1 [[ queen ]], 20. VII. 1893. Potanin!); Ussuri merid. (Sidemi, 4 [[ worker ]], 20 - 30. VII. 1897. Jankovsku!); Region transcaspienne (As'- chabad, 1 [[ queen ]], 1896. Ahkger!); Transcaucasie (Borzom, Likani, attires par la lumiere electr., 3 [[ queen ]], 8 [[ male ]], 12. VII. 1901. R. Schmidt!; Gouv. Kutais, Artvin, 2 [[ worker ]], 23. VI. 1898. Derjugin!).

Forel, A., 1894:
Pas de longs poils epais, couches, jaunes sur l'abdomen.

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), 3 times found in Ponderosa pine forest, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 0 times Manual catch, 0 times Pitfall trap, 6 times Under rock, 37 times search, 0 times Color trap, 0 times White pitfall, 2 times Log stage 4, 2 times log stage 3, 1 times Under log, 2 times under stone, 1 times under wood, ...

Elevations: collected from 15 - 3780 meters, 1949 meters average

Type specimens: Type of Lasius niger: casent0903221

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