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Species: Lasius (Lasius) niger   (Linnaeus, 1758) 

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Lasius niger_cf, 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 emeryi, 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 minimus, Lasius niger neoniger, Lasius niger neonigra, Lasius niger niger, Lasius niger nigro-aliena, Lasius niger nigro-emarginatus, Lasius niger nigroemarginatus, Lasius niger nitidus, 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, 2016)

1 subspecies

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

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.


Indomalaya Region: Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan
Nearctic Region: Arizona, California, Canada, Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Neotropical Region: Falkland Islands, Mexico
Palearctic Region: Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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), 5 times found in conifer forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 39 times under stone, 5 times nest under stone, 1 times under rocks, 2 times under rock, 1 times nest under dead bark, 1 times crater nest in soil, 1 times nest under dead wood on ground, 2 times stray foragers, 2 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times beating vegetation at night, 1 times base of sagebrush, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 0 times Manual catch, 0 times Pitfall trap, 51 times search, 0 times Color trap, 0 times White pitfall, 7 times hand collecting, 0 times under rock, 1 times beating, 0 times insect net, 0 times White color trap, 0 times Malaise trap, ...

Elevations: collected from 4 - 3220 meters, 1355 meters average

Type specimens: type of Lasius niger: casent0903221

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