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Species: Messor variabilis   Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Messor variabilis Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927a PDF: 94 (w.) TURKMENISTAN. Palearctic. Primary type information: Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated). Type-localities: Turkmenistan: Railway station Geok-Tepe, Geok-Syur, Dort-Kuju, Ashgabat, Takir, Bagir village nr Ashgabat (no collector’s name, perhaps Kuznetsov-Ugamsky). Type-depository: ZMUM. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Messor excursionis macrops: Arnol'di, 1977b PDF: 1646 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 258.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Turkmenistan
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Paknia, O., Radchenko, A. & Pfeiffer, M., 2010, New records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran., Asian Myrmecology 3, pp. 29-38

Messor variabilis Kuznetsov-UgamskyHNS, 1927

Material: 4 $, Alborz Range forest steppe, Golestan National Park GoogleMaps (37°20'57'N, 56°14'44'E), 1254 m asl, 28.V2007, leg. Omid Paknia GoogleMaps; 6 ?, Central Persian deserts, Kavir National Park GoogleMaps (34°45'47'N, 52°10'24'E), 1051 m asl, 23.VI.2007, leg. Omid Paknia GoogleMaps.

Remarks: M. variabilisHNS is distributed in plains and foothills of Central Asia, where it inhabits different kinds of deserts (Arnoldi 1970, 1977b; Dlussky et al. 1990).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Collect Date Range: collected between 1923-04-24 and 1935-08-17

Type specimens: syntype of Messor variabilis: casent0913231, casent0913232, casent0916945; syntype of Messor excursionis macrops: casent0913233

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