Messor reticuliventris

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Messor reticuliventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. reticuliventris
Binomial name
Messor reticuliventris
Karavaiev, 1910

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 34.833333° to 34.3419°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Pakistan.
Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan (type locality), Turkmenistan.

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.



Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Messor reticuliventrisWorker. Specimen code casent0907725. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.


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

  • reticuliventris. Messor barbarus subsp. reticuliventris Karavaiev, 1910b: 67, fig. 33 (w.) TURKMENISTAN.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Turkmenistan: Firusinka stream, nr Firusa (W. Karawajew).
    • Type-depositories: SIZK.
    • Subspecies of barbarus: Emery, 1921f: 71; Emery, 1922c: 96; Ruzsky, 1923: 5; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927a: 89 (in key); Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929d: 16.
    • Status as species: Collingwood, 1961a: 60; Pisarski, 1967: 384; Pisarski, 1970: 307; Arnol'di, 1977b: 1644 (in key); Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 223; Bolton, 1995b: 256; Rasheed, et al. 2019: 432.
    • Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Collingwood C. A. 1961. The third Danish Expedition to Central Asia. Zoological Results 27. Formicidae (Insecta) from Afghanistan. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening 123: 51-79.
  • Dlussky G. M., O. S. Soyunov, and S. I. Zabelin. 1990. Ants of Turkmenistan. Ashkabad: Ylym Press, 273 pp.
  • Karavaiev V. 1911. Ameisen aus Transkaspien und Turkestan. Tr. Rus. Entomol. Obshch. 39: 1-72.
  • Pisarski B. 1967. Fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) d'Afghanistan récoltées par M. Dr. K. Lindberg. Annales Zoologici (Warsaw) 24: 375-425.
  • 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.
  • Ruzsky, M. 1923. Ants of Cheleken Island. Izv. Tomsk. Gos. Univ. 72(2nd p part: 1-6