Messor syriacus

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Messor syriacus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. syriacus
Binomial name
Messor syriacus
Tohmé, G., 1969

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Specimen Labels

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on the ground in moderate to low rainfall areas.


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) - HW 1.7-2.3; EL/HW 0.24-0.28. This species has large eyes and a well-developed psammophore. The propodeum is rounded in profile, not angulate.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia.
Palaearctic Region: Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey.

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.

  • syriacus. Messor syriacus Tohmé, G. 1969: 9 (w.m.) SYRIA. [First available use of Messor minor st. laboriosus var. syriacus Santschi, 1927c: 241; unavailable name.] Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1981: 146 (m.q.). Subspecies of minor: Arnol'di, 1977b: 1640; Arakelian, 1994: 37. Revived status as species: Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1981: 145; Collingwood, 1985: 252.

Type Material

Salata & Borowiec (2019): syntype (w.): M. aralocaspius | laboriosus | v. syriacus Sanschi || TYPE || Syrie | Damas. | G. de Kerville || Sammlung | Dr. F. Santschi || Kairouan || ANTWEB | CASENT0913178 (NHMB).