Monomorium barbatulum

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Monomorium barbatulum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species group: salomonis
Species: M. barbatulum
Binomial name
Monomorium barbatulum
Mayr, 1877

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 43.283333° to 22°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan (type locality), Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Turkey, 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.




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

  • barbatulum. Monomorium barbatulum Mayr, 1877: 17 (w.) KAZAKHSTAN or UZBEKISTAN.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan: “Habitat in desertis Kisil-kum” (A. Fedtschenko).
    • Type-depository: NHMW.
    • [Also described as new by Mayr, 1880: 36.]
    • [Misspelled as bartatulum by Collingwood, 1961a: 62.]
    • Emery, 1889a: 441 (q.m.).
    • Combination in M. (Xeromyrmex): Emery, 1922e: 176.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1880: 36; André, 1883a: 332 (in key); André, 1884b: 541; Emery, 1889a: 441; Nasonov, 1889: 29; Dalla Torre, 1893: 65; Ruzsky, 1905b: 636; Emery, 1908h: 671; Karavaiev, 1910b: 58; Emery, 1922e: 176; Ruzsky, 1923: 4; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1926a: 74 (in key); Santschi, 1936a: 35; Collingwood, 1961a: 62; Ettershank, 1966: 87; Pisarski, 1967: 396; Pisarski, 1970: 309; Tarbinsky, 1976: 79 (redescription); Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 538 (in key); Dlussky, 1981a: 17; Collingwood, 1985: 269; Kugler, J. 1988: 257; Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 233; Bolton, 1995b: 259; Schultz, R. et al. 2006: 206; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 43; Paknia, et al. 2010: 33; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 432; Borowiec, L. 2014: 116; Kiran & Karaman, 2020: 308.
    • Distribution: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

Taxonomic Notes

Sharaf et al. (2021): Monomorium barbatulum looks similar to some members of the genus Trichomyrmex in terms of the following characters: polymorphic with 12-segmented antennae that lacking the well-defined terminal club; masticatory margin of mandibles armed with 3–4 teeth; propodeum unarmed. However, M. barbatulum lacks a critical diagnostic character for the genus Trichomyrmex which is the absence of the transverse striations on propodeal dorsum. With the availability of more material for a comprehensive taxonomic investigation, together with additional molecular evidence(s), we will be able to resolve properly the taxonomic status of the species.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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