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

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Lasius niger_cf, Lasius niger alienoamericanus, Lasius niger alienoides, Lasius niger brunneoalienus, Lasius niger brunneoides, Lasius niger emeryi, Lasius niger flavidus, Lasius niger minimus, Lasius niger nigroemarginatus, Lasius niger nitidus, Lasius niger pilicornis, Lasius niger pinetorum, Lasius niger turkmenus

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), 2 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, 5 times Under rock, 42 times search, 0 times Color trap, 0 times White pitfall, 1 times Log stage 4, 6 times hand collecting, 1 times log stage 3, 0 times Under log, 1 times under stone, ...

Elevations: collected from 10 - 3780 meters, 1881 meters average

Type specimens: Type of Lasius niger: casent0903221

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