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Species: Messor capitatus   (Latreille, 1798) 

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Messor capitatus nigricans

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Formica capitata Latreille, 1798 PDF: 46 (w.) FRANCE. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Latreille, 1802a PDF: 234 (q.); Mayr, 1855 PDF: 463 (m.).
Combination in Manica: Jurine, 1807 PDF: 279.
Combination in Atta: Mayr, 1855 PDF: 462.
Combination in Aphaenogaster: Roger, 1863b PDF: 29.
Combination in Stenamma (Messor): Forel, 1902a PDF: 148.
Combination in Messor: Ruzsky, 1905b: 744.
Senior synonym of Messor galbula: Emery, 1921c PDF: 70.
Senior synonym of Messor huberiana: Emery, 1921c PDF: 70.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria
    Europe: France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Coastal SLO


Mostly xerothermous stony grasslands

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in Ruderal, 6 times found in Meadow, 4 times found in Bushes, 3 times found in jaral, 2 times found in Mediterranean forest (Pinus, Castanea sativa, etc.), 1 times found in Camino de tierra al lado del embalse de Pinilla, 1 times found in Clear on Pinus forest, 2 times found in Prado, 1 times found in Prados, 1 times found in Majuelos y Q. pyrenaica, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 16 times Foraging, 4 times Nest under stone, 4 times nbp, 3 times under stone, 3 times Open nest on soil, 1 times nido abierto, 1 times Abriendo un nido en el camino, 2 times Open nest, 1 times on path, 1 times Forrajeando, 1 times Flying, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 36 times Hand, 3 times search.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1700 meters, 646 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1946-05-06 and 2017-09-08

Type specimens: syntype of Messor minor sanctus obscuriventris: casent0916931; type of Messor barbarus r. capitatus var. grandiceps: focol1247, focol1248, focol1249, focol1250; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Messor barbarus capitatus splendens: casent0913224

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