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Species: Messor barbarus   (Linnaeus, 1767) 

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Messor barbarus abdelazizi, Messor barbarus aegyptiaca, Messor barbarus aegyptiacus, Messor barbarus alexandri, Messor barbarus ambiguus, Messor barbarus angularis, Messor barbarus aralocaspia, Messor barbarus aralocaspius, Messor barbarus armata, Messor barbarus barbarastructor, Messor barbarus beduina, Messor barbarus beduinus, Messor barbarus bouvieri, Messor barbarus brevispinosa, Messor barbarus brevispinosus, Messor barbarus caducus, Messor barbarus capensis, Messor barbarus capitata, Messor barbarus capitatus, Messor barbarus capitatus splendens, Messor barbarus cephalotes, Messor barbarus clivorum, Messor barbarus concolor, Messor barbarus curvispina, Messor barbarus decipiens, Messor barbarus dentata, Messor barbarus denticulatus, Messor barbarus dentiscapa, Messor barbarus dentiscapus, Messor barbarus ebenina, Messor barbarus egyptiacus, Messor barbarus gallaoides, Messor barbarus gallica, Messor barbarus galloïdes, Messor barbarus glabriusculus, Messor barbarus grandiceps, Messor barbarus grandinida, Messor barbarus grandinidus, Messor barbarus hamulifera, Messor barbarus helensis, Messor barbarus hellenis, Messor barbarus hellenius, Messor barbarus himalayana, Messor barbarus himalayanus, Messor barbarus hispanica, Messor barbarus hispanicus, Messor barbarus hoggarensis, Messor barbarus hymalayanus, Messor barbarus iberica, Messor barbarus incorrupta, Messor barbarus incorruptus, Messor barbarus inermis, Messor barbarus infumatus, Messor barbarus instabilis, Messor barbarus intermedia, Messor barbarus jakowlevi, Messor barbarus karawaiewi, Messor barbarus karawayewi, Messor barbarus korborum, Messor barbarus laeviceps, Messor barbarus latinoda, Messor barbarus lobulifera, Messor barbarus lubberti, Messor barbarus luebberti, Messor barbarus lurida, Messor barbarus maculifrons, Messor barbarus marocana, Messor barbarus maroccana, Messor barbarus mediorubra, Messor barbarus mediorubra punctaticeps, Messor barbarus mediorufa, Messor barbarus mediosanguineus, Messor barbarus meridionalis, Messor barbarus mutica, Messor barbarus niger, Messor barbarus nigra, Messor barbarus nigricans, Messor barbarus nigriceps, Messor barbarus obscurior, Messor barbarus obscuriventris, Messor barbarus orientalis, Messor barbarus persica, Messor barbarus persicus, Messor barbarus picturata, Messor barbarus polita, Messor barbarus politus, Messor barbarus proba, Messor barbarus pseudaegyptiaca, Messor barbarus pseudo, Messor barbarus pseudoaegyptiaca, Messor barbarus punctata, Messor barbarus punctaticeps, Messor barbarus punctato-himalayana, Messor barbarus punctatohimalayanum, Messor barbarus punctatus, Messor barbarus reticuliventris, Messor barbarus romana, Messor barbarus romanus, Messor barbarus rufa, Messor barbarus rufitarsis, Messor barbarus rufus, Messor barbarus ruginodis, Messor barbarus sahlbergi, Messor barbarus sancta, Messor barbarus santschii, Messor barbarus schencki, Messor barbarus schenki, Messor barbarus semirubra, Messor barbarus semoni, Messor barbarus sordida, Messor barbarus sordidus, Messor barbarus splendens, Messor barbarus striativentris, Messor barbarus structor, Messor barbarus structur, Messor barbarus sublaeviceps, Messor barbarus sultana, Messor barbarus sultanus, Messor barbarus tamerlani, Messor barbarus tatarica, Messor barbarus thyrrena, Messor barbarus thyrrhena, Messor barbarus tingitanus, Messor barbarus triempressa, Messor barbarus tunetina, Messor barbarus tyrrhena, Messor barbarus tyrrhenus, Messor barbarus varrialei, Messor barbarus vizir, Messor barbarus werneri

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

6 subspecies

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

Taxonomic history

Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b: 29; in Messor (Messor): Forel, 1890b PDF: lxviii; in Messor: Forel, 1894d PDF: 8; in Stenamma (Messor): Emery, 1898c PDF: 125; in Messor: Ruzsky, 1903b PDF: 315; Bingham, 1903 PDF: 278.
Senior synonym of Messor binodis, Messor juvenalis: Smith, 1858a PDF: 162; of Messor megacephala: Mayr, 1863a PDF: 395; of Messor rufitarsis Foerster: Roger, 1863b: 29; of Messor ambiguus, Messor nigriceps: Collingwood, 1978 PDF: 68; of Messor sordida: Cagniant & Espadaler, 1998 PDF: 424.

Distribution:


Palearctic Region: Algeria, Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Tunisia

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Ruderal, 2 times found in Rural, 2 times found in Urbanizacin (csped), 0 times found in open mediterranean thyme meadow, 0 times found in anthropogenic, 1 times found in Pinus nigra forest, 0 times found in bus station, 0 times found in dry mediterranean park, 1 times found in Dry sandy soil, Pinus. 20M from shore, 1 times found in Urban, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times Foraging, 3 times Open nest in ground, 2 times Acera al lado cesped, 0 times under larger stone, 0 times park, 0 times on ground, 0 times nest in open ground, 0 times foraging on road, 0 times foraging on ground, 0 times along road.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 11 times Manual, 0 times search.

Elevations: collected from 2 - 920 meters, 273 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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