Messor timidus

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Messor timidus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. timidus
Binomial name
Messor timidus
Espadaler, 1997

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Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 37.024722° to 37.024722°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iberian Peninsula, Spain (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.




Images from AntWeb

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Paratype of Messor timidusWorker. Specimen code casent0915457. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MNHN, Paris, France.


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

  • timidus. Messor timidus Espadaler, 1997a: 153 (s.w.q.) SPAIN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 92 paratype workers, 3 paratype queens.
    • Type-locality: holotype Spain: Almería, Sartenilla, 23.viii.1996 (X. Espadaler); paratypes: 62 workers, 3 queens with same data, 12 workers with same data but 29.viii.1991, 18 workers with same data but 25.iv.1993.
    • Type-depositories: XEPC (holotype); MCZC, MNHN, XEPC (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L. 2014: 113; Lebas, et al. 2016: 292.
    • Distribution: Spain.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Espadaler, X.. "Diagnosis preliminar de siete especies nuevas de hormigas de la Península Ibérica." Zapateri Rev. Aragon. Entomol. 6 (1997): 152-153.