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Genus: Lasius   Fabricius, 1804 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 125 valid species, 1 valid subspecies

Fossil: 21 valid species

Lasius Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 415. Type-species: Formica nigra, by subsequent designation of Bingham, 1903 PDF: 338. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Lasius Jurine, 1801 PDF: 164 (Apidae), resurrected by Morice & Durrant, 1915 PDF: 421, subsequently suppressed by Act of Commission.]
Lasius in Formicinae, Lasius genus group: Agosti, 1991 PDF: 296.
Lasius as junior synonym of Formica: Latreille, 1809 PDF: 125; Leach, 1815: 147; Stephens, 1829b: 356; Smith, 1858a PDF: 1.
[Note: Lasius and Donisthorpea share the same type-species; synonymy is therefore absolute.]
Lasius as senior synonym of Tylolasius: Hong et al., 2001: 348.
Genus Lasius catalogues
Genus Lasius references
Mayr, 1861 PDF: 49 (diagnosis, Europe species key); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 8 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1867a PDF: 74 (diagnosis); André, 1874b: 179 (Europe species key); Forel, 1874 PDF: 46 (Switzerland species key); Forel, 1878c PDF: 374 (diagnosis); Lubbock, 1881 PDF: 141 (w.q. mesosomal skeletomusculature); André, 1882c PDF: 191 (Europe & Algeria species key); Provancher, 1887: 236 (Canada species key); Nasonov, 1889: 64 (Russia species key); Emery, 1893k PDF: 637 (North America species key); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 339 (India species key); Ruzsky, 1905b: 264 (Russian Empire species key); Wasmann, 1906 PDF: 10 (Luxemburg species key); Bondroit, 1910 PDF: 484 (Belgium species key); Wheeler, 1910h PDF: 237 (North America Lasius umbratus forms, key); Stitz, 1914 PDF: 82 (Central Europe species key); Donisthorpe, 1915f PDF: 188 (Britain species key); Emery, 1916a PDF: 243 (Italy species key); Wheeler, 1916r: 591 (U.S.A., Connecticut species key); Bondroit, 1918 PDF: 19 (France & Belgium species key); Wheeler, 1922: 698 (subgenera key); Emery, 1925d PDF: 226 (diagnosis, subgenera key); Emery, 1925d PDF: 231 (Lasius (Chthonolasius)) diagnosis); Emery, 1925d PDF: 235 (Lasius (Dendrolasius)) diagnosis); Emery, 1925d PDF: 236 (Lasius (Acanthomyops) diagnosis); Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927e PDF: 186 (Turkestan species key); Karavaiev, 1927d: 277 (Ukraine species key); Donisthorpe, 1927c: 206 (Britain species key); Arnol'di, 1933a: 602 (Russia species key); Karavaiev, 1936: 193 (Ukraine species key); Stärcke, 1937 PDF: 57 (Europe Lasius umbratus group, key); Menozzi, 1939a PDF: 313 (Himalaya & Tibet species key); Stitz, 1939: 267 (Germany species key); Kratochvíl, 1941b PDF: 100 (Central Europe species key); Novák & Sadil, 1941 PDF: 100 (Central Europe species key); Cole, 1942 PDF: 373 (U.S.A., Utah species key); Holgersen, 1943c PDF: 174 (Norway species key); Holgersen, 1944a PDF: 199 (Norway species key); Buren, 1944a PDF: 296 (U.S.A., Iowa species key); Stärcke, 1944b PDF: 157 (Europe Lasius niger group, key); Van Boven, 1947b PDF: 184 (Belgium species key); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 418 (Lasius Nearctic species key), 428 (Acanthomyops Nearctic species key); Buren, 1950 PDF: 188 (Acanthomyops queens, key); Wilson, 1955a PDF: 11, 13, 14 (subgenera review, subgenera Lasius, Chthonolasius, Dendrolasius diagnoses); Wilson, 1955a PDF: 26 (Lasius all species revision; Nearctic species key), 28 (Palaearctic species key); Boven, 1959: 11 (Netherlands species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1963: 177 (U.S.A., North Dakota Lasius species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1963: 195 (U.S.A., North Dakota Acanthomyops species key); Gregg, 1963: 453 (U.S.A., Colorado species key); Collingwood, 1963b PDF: 155 (Europe Lasius umbratus group species key); Collingwood, 1964b PDF: 107 (Britain species key); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 349 (diagnosis, Western Europe species key); Wing, 1968a PDF: 53 (Acanthomyops diagnosis, all species revision, key); Bourne, 1973 PDF: 19 (Britain species key); Boven, 1970b: 28 (Netherlands species key); Bolton & Collingwood, 1975: 7 (Britain species key); Tarbinsky, 1976 PDF: 133 (Kyrgyzstan species key); Van Boven, 1977 PDF: 135 (Belgium species key); Kutter, 1977c PDF: 208 (Switzerland species key); Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 555 (former European U.S.S.R. species key); Collingwood, 1978 PDF: 89 (Iberian Peninsula species key); Collingwood, 1979 PDF: 92 (Fennoscandia & Denmark species key); Yamauchi, 1979 PDF: 147 (Japan species keys); Allred, 1982: 444 (U.S.A., Utah Acanthomyops species key); Allred, 1982: 450 (U.S.A., Utah Lasius species key); Collingwood, 1982 PDF: 283 (Himalayan species key); Gösswald, 1985: 268 (Germany species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 64 (U.S.A., Nevada Lasius species key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1986g PDF: 68 (U.S.A., Nevada Acanthomyops species key); Nilsson & Douwes, 1987: 70 (Norway species key); Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b PDF: 281 (Balkans species key); Dlussky & Fedoseeva, 1988: 77 (synoptic classification); Seifert, 1988a PDF: 143 (Europe Lasius (Chthonolasius) species key); Kupyanskaya, 1989 PDF: 781 (East Palaearctic Lasius (Dendrolasius) species key); Dlussky et al., 1990 PDF: 158 (Turkmenistan species key); Seifert, 1990 PDF: 1 (supplement to European Lasius (Chthonolasius)); Agosti & Bolton, 1990b PDF: 149 (characters); Kupyanskaya, 1990a: 211 (Far Eastern Russia species key); Morisita et al., 1991: 24 (Japan species key); Agosti, 1991 PDF: 295 (Lasius genus group diagnosis); Seifert, 1992b PDF: 48 (Palaearctic Lasius (Lasius) species key); Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 232 (Bulgaria species key); Arakelian, 1994 PDF: 111 (Armenia species key); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Radchenko, 1994b: 114 (South Siberia species key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Douwes, 1995: 92 (Sweden species key); Kupyanskaya, 1995: 361 (Far Eastern Russia species key); Wu & Wang, 1995a: 153 (China species key); Seifert, 1996b: 179 (Central Europe species key); Skinner & Allen, 1996: 42 (Britain species key); Dlussky, 1997a PDF: 55 (in Baltic amber genera key); Collingwood & Prince, 1998: 22 (Portugal species key); Zhou, 2001a PDF: 187 (China, Guangxi species key); Blacker & Collingwood, 2002: 44 (British species key); Czechowski et al., 2002 PDF: 154 (Poland species key); Mackay & Mackay, 2002 PDF: 237 (U.S.A., New Mexico Acanthomyops species key); Mackay & Mackay, 2002 PDF: 331 (U.S.A., New Mexico Lasius species key); Radchenko, 2005a PDF: 93 (East Palaearctic Lasius (Dendrolasius) species key); Radchenko, 2005b PDF: 190 (North Korea species key); Seifert, 2007: 159 (North and Central Europe species key); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 207 (Taiwan species key); Dlussky, 2011 PDF: 218 (European Late Eocene species key); Czechowski et al., 2012: 382 (Poland species key); Bharti & Gul, 2013a PDF: 56 (Indian Himalayas species key); Dlussky & Putyatina, 2014 PDF: 261 (diagnosis, compression fossils); Dlussky et al., 2015 PDF: 138 (diagnosis for fossil imprints); Seifert & Galkowski, 2016 10.11646/zootaxa.4132.1.4 PDF: 44 (Lasius alienus group of Europe and Asia Minor species key); Radchenko, 2016: 355 (Ukraine species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 159 (brief male diagnosis); Salata & Borowiec, 2018b 10.3897/zookeys.789.27022 PDF: 157 (Crete species key); Kubota et al., 2019 10.1038/s41598-019-43175-w PDF: 1 (tentorium morphology); Seifert, 2020a 10.25674/so92iss1pp15 PDF: 22 (Lasius (Lasius) species complexes and complex diagnoses), 23 (key to Lasius (Lasius) species (workers)); Radchenko & Perkovsky, 2021 10.15298/invert-zool.18.1.05 PDF: 1 (Bitterfeld amber syninclusion); Boudinot et al., 2022 10.1111/syen.12522 PDF: 120 (phylogeny, species group classification), 134, 135 (genus group, genus definitions); Boudinot et al., 2022 10.1111/syen.12522 PDF: Schär et al., 2022 10.1038/s41598-022-10047-9 PDF: 4 (Lasius niger clade phylogeny excluding Lasius fuliginosus-group); Perfilieva, 2022 10.1134/S0031030122040086 PDF: 420 (wing diagnosis); Borowiec & Salata, 2022 PDF: 183 (diagnosis, key to Greece Lasius subgenera), 184 (key to Greece Lasius (Lasius) species), 205 (Lasius turcicus complex distribution, description, biology), 207 (key to Greece Lasius (Austrolasius) species), 209 (key to Greece Lasius (Cautolasius) species), 212 (key to Greece Lasius (Chthonolasius) species).

Taxon Page Images:

Lasius (Acanthomyops) claviger citronella ants tending to eggs. Vermillion River Observatory, Illinois, USA.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Canary Islands, Macaronesia, Morocco, Tunisia
    Americas: Canada, Mexico, United States
    Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
    Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Indomalaya, Nearctic, Neotropical, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Indomalaya, Nearctic, Palearctic

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Lasius   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008
Lasius   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 13, (download) 13 21008
Lasius   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 92-96, (download) 92-96 6175
Lasius   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 29, (download) 29 21008

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