Lasius karpinisi

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Lasius karpinisi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Section: niger clade
Species group: niger
Species: L. karpinisi
Binomial name
Lasius karpinisi
Seifert, 1992

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Keys including this Species


Known from the type locality in the Pindos Mountains, Greece.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • karpinisi. Lasius (Lasius) karpinisi Seifert, 1992b: 23, fig. 16 (w.) GREECE.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Head: single 25-35° genal setae may be present; occipital hairs distributed frontad to eye. Clypeal carina clearly developed, lateral profile convex. Mandibles with 8, in one specimen with 9 teeth. Head broad, with slightly concave occiput; scape long, HL/HW (900) 1.045, SLIHL (900) 1.009. Mesosoma: rather compact, mesopropodeal depression deep, propodeal dome rather hemispheric, posterior slope of propodeum rather straight. Scale: sides weakly convex, only slightly converging dorsad (almost parallel); dorsal crest slightly emarginate; in lateral view with slightly convex frontal and straight posterior profile. Scape: pubescence smooth, 0-20°, setae on dorsal plane completely absent. Hind tibia: pubescence surface smooth, 5-10°; few setae (25-65°, max. 49 /lm) present. Surface characters: frontal head weakly shining, with clearly visible microreticulum but shallow micropunctures (2-4 /lm diameter, 11-14 /lm central distance) at base of pubescence hairs and with a rather dense, smooth pubescence (l0°, PLF 26-39 /lill). Frontal pronotum with weak microreticulum. Colour: Head and gaster dark brown with reddish tinge; mesosoma, petiole, coxae and femora reddish brown; scape and tibiae reddish-yellowish; distal half of funiculus blackish brown. Data of 4 workers: HL 926.0 ± 41.9, HL/HW 1.0398 ± 0.0229, SL/HL 1.0058 ± 0.0117, CLCA 0.80 ± 0.04, PDCL 16.12 ± 2.67, nHS 0.0, nHHT 3.75 ± 2.50, nBH 9.50 ± 2.04, nUH 2.50 ± 0.58, UHL/HL 0.0917 ± 0.0040, PNHL/HL 0.1005 ± 0.0210.

Seifert (2020) - Absolute size rather large (CS 912 µm). Scape length index large (SL/CS900 1.024) but head length index, in contrast, very small (CL/CW900 1.037). Terminal segment of maxillary palps moderately long (MP6/CS900 0.177). Number of mandibular dents medium (MaDe900 8.30). Clypeal pubescence moderately dense, intermediate between the situation in the Lasius paralienus and Lasius obscuratus species complexes (sqPDCL900 4.18). Pronotal setae very short (PnHL/CS900 0.108). Setae number on hind margin of head moderate (nOcc900 8.0). Gular setae few (nGu900 2.6). Dorsum of scape without and extensor profile of hind tibia with few semierect setae (nSc900 0.0, nHT900 4.2). Metapleuron below propodeal spiracle with few setae (nSt900 3.5). Coloration: Head and gaster medium brown with a reddish tinge; mesosoma, coxae and femora reddish brown; scape and tibiae reddish-yellowish, distal half of antennal funiculus darker.

See table 5 in Seifert 2020 for additional morphometrics. The abbreviated names of various quantitative data shown above are defined here: Seifert 2020 Lasius characters.

Type Material

Seifert (2020) - Holotype and 3 paratype workers labellled ”GR: Evritania, Mt. Timfristos, 4 km E Karpinisi 11. VI. 1982 loc. 24 leg. R. Danielsson (DAYS)“; depository Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz. The type locality is situated at approximately 38.92°N and 21.86°E.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Czechowski W., A. Radchenko, W. Czechowska and K. Vepsäläinen. 2012. The ants of Poland with reference to the myrmecofauna of Europe. Fauna Poloniae 4. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 1-496 pp