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Species: Messor barbarus   (Linnaeus, 1767) 

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See Also:

Messor barbarus gallaoides, Messor barbarus mediosanguineus, Messor barbarus politus, Messor barbarus sahlbergi, Messor barbarus santschii

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

5 subspecies

Formica barbara Linnaeus, 1767 PDF: 962 (w.) MOROCCO. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history


Afrotropical Region: Africa
Indomalaya Region: Asia, Southern Asia
Palearctic Region: Algeria, Alicante, Andalusia, Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Europe, France, Gibraltar, Iran, Italy, Kairouan, Liguria, Madrid, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Monaco, Morocco, Northern Africa, Portugal, Romania, Southern Europe, Spain, Tadla-Azilal, Tunisia, Valencia, Western Europe

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 6 times found in Ruderal, 6 times found in Huerto Naranjos, 4 times found in Parque, 4 times found in Urbano, 4 times found in Plantación palmeras, 2 times found in Urbanización (césped), 1 times found in Pinus nigra forest, 0 times found in dry steppe, 2 times found in Encinar (Dehesa), 2 times found in Rural, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 13 times Foraging, 3 times Correteando, 3 times Open nest in ground, 2 times Forrajeando, 2 times Nido bajo piedra, 2 times nbp, 0 times foraging on ground, 2 times Acera al lado cesped, 0 times park, 1 times Orilla agua, 0 times on ground, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 54 times Hand, 0 times search, 2 times Net.

Elevations: collected from 2 - 1060 meters, 393 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Aphaenogaster barbara sordida: casent0907738; syntype of Messor barbarus ambiguus: casent0913160, casent0913161; syntype of Messor barbarus nigriceps: casent0913162

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