Messor orientalis

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Messor orientalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. orientalis
Binomial name
Messor orientalis
(Emery, 1898)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, China, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Republic of Macedonia, Turkey (type locality).

It occurs in the Middle East and South East Europe (Abdul-Rassoul et al. 2013).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • orientalis. Stenamma (Messor) structor var. orientalis Emery, 1898c: 143 (w.q.m.) TURKEY. Combination in Messor: Ruzsky, 1903b: 315. Junior synonym of structor: Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929d: 12. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Collingwood, 1961a: 61. Junior synonym of darianus: Pisarski, 1967: 383; Pisarski, 1969b: 306. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of structor: Aktaç, 1977: 120. Raised to species: Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1981: 150; Collingwood, 1985: 251.



  • Abdul-Rassoul, M.S., Ali, H.B. & Augul, R.SH. 2013. New Records of Unidentified Ants worker (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) stored in Iraqi Natural History Museum with key to Species. Adv. Biores., Vol 4 (2): 27-33.
  • Aktaç, N. 1977 [1976]. Studies on the myrmecofauna of Turkey I. Ants of Siirt, Bodrum and Trabzon. Istanbul Univ. Fen Fak. Mecm. Seri B 41: 115-135 (page 120, Revived from synonymy as subspecies of structor)
  • Collingwood, C. A. 1961a [1960]. The third Danish Expedition to Central Asia. Zoological Results 27. Formicidae (Insecta) from Afghanistan. Vidensk. Medd. Dan. Naturhist. Foren. 123: 51-79 (page 61, Revived from synonymy, and raised to species)
  • Collingwood, C. A. 1985. Hymenoptera: Fam. Formicidae of Saudi Arabia. Fauna Saudi Arab. 7: 230-302 (page 251, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1898c. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der palaearktischen Ameisen. Öfvers. Fin. Vetensk.-Soc. Förh. 20: 124-151 (page 143, worker, queen, male described)
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, N. N. 1929d. The ants of the genus Messor in the fauna of Middle Asia. Acta Univ. Asiae Mediae Ser. 8A Zool. 6: 1-25 (page 12, Junior synonym of structor)
  • Pisarski, B. 1967a. Fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) d'Afghanistan récoltées par M. Dr. K. Lindberg. Ann. Zool. (Warsaw) 24: 375-425 (page 383, Junior synonym of darianus)
  • Pisarski, B. 1969b. 175. Myrmicidae und Formicidae. Ergebnisse der zoologischen Forschungen von Dr. Z. Kaszab in der Mongolei (Hymenoptera). Faun. Abh. (Dres.) 2(2 29: 295-316 (page 306, Junior synonym of darianus)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1903b. Essay on the myrmecofauna of the Kirghiz steppe. Tr. Rus. Entomol. Obshch. 36: 294-316 (page 315, Combination in Messor)
  • Tohmé, G.; Tohmé, H. 1981. Les fourmis du genre Messor en Syrie. Position systématique. Description de quelques ailés et de formes nouvelles. Répartition géographique. Ecol. Mediterr. 7(1 1: 139-153 (page 150, Raised to species)