Messor testaceus

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Messor testaceus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. testaceus
Binomial name
Messor testaceus
Donisthorpe, 1950

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Specimen labels

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran in a moist littoral area.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 31.866667° to 31.65°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iran, Syria, Turkey (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.

  • testaceus. Messor testaceus Donisthorpe, 1950c: 68 (s.w.) TURKEY.
    • Type-material: 11 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Turkey: Hazer Gölü, 30.vii.1947, nos 102, 110 (C. Kosswig).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 258; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 21; Borowiec, L. 2014: 113.
    • Distribution: Turkey.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bernard, F.. "Messor carthaginensis n. sp., de Tunis, et révision des Messor du groupe barbara (Hym. Formicidae)." Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 84 (1980): 265-269.
  • Donisthorpe H. 1950. Two more new ants from Turkey. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 62: 68-69.
  • Forel, A.. "Fourmis de la faune méditerranéenne récoltées par MM. U. et J. Sahlberg." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 21 (1913): 427-438.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.