Messor concolor

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Messor concolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. concolor
Binomial name
Messor concolor
Santschi, 1927

The biology of this species is poorly known. Workers were collected at midday, in the dry riverbed located in Imbros Gorge. Area was overgrown by phrygana. Most probably, as in all Cretan Messor species, nest was located in soil (Salata & Bororiec, 2019). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on parkland ground in a moderate rainfall area.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Association with Other Organisms

This species is a host for the eucharitid wasp Eucharis punctata (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (primary host).

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • concolor. Messor semirufus var. concolor Santschi, 1927c: 229.
    • [First available use of Messor barbarus subsp. semirufus var. concolor Emery, 1908e: 448 (s.w.m.) SYRIA, GREECE (Crete I.); unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1915h: 1; Wheeler, W.M. & Mann, 1916: 170; Emery, 1921f: 72; Santschi, 1921a: 110.
    • Subspecies of semirufus: Baroni Urbani, 1964a: 1; Hamann & Klemm, 1976: 671.
    • Junior synonym of semirufus: Baroni Urbani, 1974: 227.
    • Junior synonym of wasmanni: Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 322; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 21; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2013: 385 (in text).
    • Status as species: Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1981: 143; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 271 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 253; Markó & Csösz, 2002: 116; Paknia, et al. 2008: 154; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 42; Lapeva-Gjonova, et al. 2010: 15; Legakis, 2011: 10; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 513; Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, 2014: 134; Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 46; Salata & Borowiec, 2019a: 56 (redescription).

Type Material

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti, D. and C.A. Collingwood. 1987. A provisional list of the Balkan ants (Hym. Formicidae) and a key to the worker caste. I. Synonymic list. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 60: 51-62
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2012. Ants of Greece - Checklist, comments and new faunistic data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus 23(4): 461-563.
  • Emery, C.. "Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. (Hym.) Teil III. Messor, Goniomma, Oxyopomyrmex." Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1908 (1908): 437-465.
  • Emery, C.. "Escursioni zoologiche del Dr. Enrico Festa nell'Isola di Rodi. XII. Formiche." Bollettino del Museo di Zoologia ed Anatomia Comparatadella Reale Università di Torino 30 (1915): 1-7.
  • Hamann H. H. F., and W. Klemm. 1976. Ergebnisse der von Dr. O. Paget und Dr. E. Kritscher auf Rhodos durchgeführten zoologischen Exkursionen. XVI. Formicidae. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 80: 669-679.
  • Lapeva-Gjonova A., and K. Kiran. 2012. Ant fauna (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Strandzha (Istranca) Mountain and adjacent Black Sea coast. North-western journal of Zoology 8(1): 72-84.
  • Legakis Collection Database
  • Menozzi C. 1929. Ricerche faunistiche nelle isole italiane dell'Egeo. Imenotteri (formiche). Archivio Zoologico Italiano. 13: 145-146.
  • Moradloo S., R. N. Fard, S. P. Rad, and B. Taylor. 2015. Records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Northern Iran. Zoology in the Middle East http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2015.1020611
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2018. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on Greek ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom Entomology 27: 1-51.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2019. Preliminary contributions toward a revision of Greek Messor Forel, 1890 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Turkish Journal of Zoology 43: 52-67.
  • Santschi, F.. "Revision des Messor du groupe instabilis Sm. (Hymenopt.)." Boletín de la Real Sociedad española de Historia natural (Madrid) 27 (1927): 225-250.
  • Tohmé, G., and H. Tohmé. "Les fourmis du genre Messor en Syrie. Position systématique. Description de quelques ailés et de formes nouvelles. Répartition géographique." Ecologia Mediterranea 7 (1) (1981): 139-153, fig. 1-22.
  • Wheeler W. M. and W. M. Mann. 1916. The ants of the Phillips Expedition to Palestine during 1914. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 60: 167-174.