Lasius himalayanus

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Lasius himalayanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. himalayanus
Binomial name
Lasius himalayanus
Bingham, 1903

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Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: China, Iran.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • himalayanus. Lasius himalayanus Bingham, 1903: 340 (w.) INDIA. [First available use of Lasius niger r. brunneus var. himalayanus Forel, 1894c: 404; unavailable name.] Subspecies of brunneus: Forel, 1906b: 85; Emery, 1925b: 229; Menozzi, 1939a: 313. Junior synonym of brunneus: Wilson, 1955a: 47. Revived from synonymy: Seifert, 1992b: 8 [ostensibly as a subspecies of brunneus, but Seifert states, on the same page, that himalayanus may be a valid species and is treated as such here].



  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 340, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 229, Variety/race of brunneus)
  • Forel, A. 1906b. Les fourmis de l'Himalaya. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 42: 79-94 (page 85, Variety/race of brunneus)
  • Menozzi, C. 1939a. Formiche dell'Himalaya e del Karakorum raccolte dalla Spedizione italiana comandata da S. A. R. il Duca di Spoleto (1929). Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano 78: 285-345 (page 313, Variety/race of brunneus)
  • Seifert, B. 1992b. A taxonomic revision of the Palaearctic members of the ant subgenus Lasius s.str. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Abh. Ber. Naturkundemus. Görlitz 66(5): 1-67 (page 8, Revived from synonymy [ostensibly as a subspecies of brunneus, but Seifert states, on the same page, that himalayanus may be a valid species; so treated here].)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1955a. A monographic revision of the ant genus Lasius. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 113: 1-201 (page 47, Junior synonym of brunneus)