Messor incisus

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Messor incisus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. incisus
Binomial name
Messor incisus
Stitz, 1923

Bolton (1982) - Described from a single female which has since been lost, the identity of incisus cannot be ascertained accurately at present. In his original description of incisus Stitz compares it to the female of Messor denticornis. So few females of denticornis are known that it is possible for incisus to fall within the range of variation of that species. On the other hand incisus may be the female of striatifrons or indeed be a separate species. Considerably more samples of Messor females will be necessary before any attempt at placing incisus can be made.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Namibia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • incisus. Messor incisus Stitz, 1923: 149 (q.) NAMIBIA.
    • Type-material: holotype queen.
    • Type-locality: Namibia (“German Southwest Africa”): Okosongomingo Farm, vii.-viii.1912 (H. Thomsen).
    • Type-depository: unknown (not found in MNHU (Bolton, 1982: 351)).
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1982: 351 (nomen dubium); Bolton, 1995b: 254.
    • Distribution: Namibia.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Stitz H. 1923. Hymenoptera, VII. Formicidae. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Land- und Süsswasserfauna Deutsch-Südwestafrikas 2: 143-167.