Messor instabilis

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Messor instabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. instabilis
Binomial name
Messor instabilis
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Identification

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 35.6098° to 31.4087°.

   
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Pakistan.
Palaearctic Region: Israel.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

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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.

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • instabilis. Atta instabilis Smith, F. 1858b: 163 (w.m.) INDIA (no state data, “Northern India”).
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype males (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: India: northern India (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Bingham, 1903: 279 (s.q.).
    • Combination in Messor: Bingham, 1903: 278.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1921f: 71.
    • Junior synonym of barbarus: Tiwari, 1999: 38 (error).
    • Subspecies of capitatus: Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 101.
    • Subspecies of barbarus: Forel, 1903a: 694; Bingham, 1903: 278; Forel, 1906b: 86; Emery, 1922c: 94; Emery, 1924a: 8; Wheeler, W.M. 1926: 3; Karavaiev, 1926b: 100; Karavaiev, 1927a: 287; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 137.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 396; Smith, F. 1871a: 333; Santschi, 1923f: 325; Santschi, 1927c: 247 (in key); Wheeler, W.M. 1927g: 103; Santschi, 1931a: 4; Santschi, 1936c: 200; Menozzi, 1939a: 297; Eidmann, 1942: 246; Cagniant, 1964: 87; Pisarski, 1967: 383; Pisarski, 1970: 306; Bolton, 1995b: 254; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 42; Borowiec, L. 2014: 107; Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 38; Rasheed, et al. 2019: 432.
    • Senior synonym of punctata: Bingham, 1903: 279; Pisarski, 1967: 383; Pisarski, 1970: 306; Bolton, 1995b: 254.
    • Distribution: Afghanistan, India, Israel, Pakistan.
  • punctata. Aphaenogaster barbara var. punctata Forel, 1886d: 248 (w.) INDIA (Jammu & Kashmir).
    • Type-material: holotype (?) worker.
    • [Note: no indication of number of specimens is given.]
    • Type-locality: India: Kashmir (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1891b: 12.
    • Subspecies of capitatus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 101.
    • Subspecies of barbarus: Forel, 1894b: 89; Forel, 1903a: 694; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 803.
    • Junior synonym of barbarus: Tiwari, 1999: 38 (error).
    • Junior synonym of instabilis: Bingham, 1903: 279; Pisarski, 1967: 383; Pisarski, 1970: 306; Bolton, 1995b: 256.

Description

References

(page 163, worker, male described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1927h. Ants collected by Professor F. Silvestri in Indochina. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 20: 83-106 (page 103, Status as species)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bharti H., Y. P. Sharma, M. Bharti, and M. Pfeiffer. 2013. Ant species richness, endemicity and functional groups, along an elevational gradient in the Himalayas. Asian Myrmecology 5: 79-101.
  • Bharti H., Y. P. Sharma, and A. Kaur. 2009. Seasonal patterns of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Punjab Shivalik. Halteres 1(1): 36-47.
  • Bodlah I., M. T. Rasheed, X. Huang, A. Gull-E-Fareen, J. A. Siddiqui, and M. A. Bodlah. 2019. First records of two species of genus Messor Forel, 1890 (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) along with trophic associations with aphids from Pothwar Region, Pakistan. The J. Anim. Plant Sci. 29(4): 7 pages.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Cagniant, H. 1964. "Étude de quelques fourmis marocaines. Statistique provisoire des Formicidae du Maroc." Bulletin de la Société d' Histoire naturelle de l' Afrique du Nord 53 (1964): 83-118.
  • Forel A. 1903. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part X. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 14: 679-715.
  • Menozzi C. 1939. Formiche dell'Himalaya e del Karakorum raccolte dalla Spedizione italiana comandata da S. A. R. il Duca di Spoleto (1929). Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano. 78: 285-345.
  • Pajni H. R., and R. K. Suri. 1978. First report on the Formicid fauna (Hymenoptera) of Chandigarh. Res. Bull. (Science) Punjab University 29: 5-12.
  • Raci N., C. Sravanthy, C. Sammaiah, and M. Thirupahaiah. 2015. Biodiversity of ants (Insecta-Hymenoptera) in agroecosystem and grass land in Jammikunta, Karimnagar District, Telangana, India. Journal ofEnvironment 4(1): 11-16.
  • Rasheed M. T., I. Bodlah, A. G. Fareen, A. A. Wachkoo, X. Huang, and S. A. Akbar. 2019. A checklist of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Pakistan. Sociobiology 66(3): 426-439.
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004