Monomorium sahlbergi

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Monomorium sahlbergi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. sahlbergi
Binomial name
Monomorium sahlbergi
Emery, 1898

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Specimen Labels


In Yemen this species was collected from a banana farm where the soil was moist and rich in decaying livestock faeces. Several pselaphine beetles were also observed in the same habitat (Sharaf et al., 2017).


Worker caste of this species can be confused with the cosmopolitan species Monomorium pharaonis (L., 1758) but it can be separated by the finely longitudinally striated head, the smooth first gastral tergite, and the dark patches in front of the eyes (Sharaf et al., 2017).

Keys including this Species


Boer et al. (2020): All records of M. sahlbergi originate from desert-like, urban, industrial, and military areas ranging from sea level to an elevation of 1800 m. It is not clear from our research what the original geographic region of M. sahlbergi was. Based on the distribution of other species in the salomonis group, the native distribution would include specimens from the Indomalaya region (Nepal, India, Thailand). Our data came from the following main geographic regions: Palearctic (China, Israel, Netherlands (interception)), Australian (New Zealand, from likely interceptions), Nearctic (USA, in part interceptions), Neotropical (Panama, Galapagos), Afrotropical (Reunion, Madagascar) and Oceania (Hawaii).

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 33° to 31.866667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Socotra Archipelago, Yemen.
Oriental Region: India (type locality), Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Palaearctic Region: China, Israel (type locality), Oman.

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.



Sharaf et al (2018) - Oman: Several workers were found in leaf litter under a date palm tree where the soil was soft and dry.



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

  • sahlbergi. Monomorium sahlbergi Emery, 1898c: 131, fig. (w., ergatoid q.) ISRAEL.
    • Type-material: 5 syntype workers, 2 syntype ergatoid queens.
    • Type-locality: Israel: Jericho (J. Sahlberg).
    • Type-depository: MSNG.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1908h: 684; Emery, 1922e: 174; Menozzi, 1933b: 65 (in key); Ettershank, 1966: 92; Kugler, J. 1988: 257; Bolton, 1995b: 266; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 43; Borowiec, L. 2014: 125; Boer, et al. 2020: 93.
    • Senior synonym of dichroum: Boer, et al. 2020: 93.
    • Distribution: China, India, Israel, Oman, Sri Lanka, Yemen.
  • dichroum. Monomorium dichroum Forel, 1902c: 212 (w.q.) INDIA (West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-localities: India: Bombay (Wroughton), Belgaum (Wroughton), Poona (Wroughton), Coonoor (Daly).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Imai, et al. 1984: 7 (k.).
    • Status as species: Forel, 1903a: 688; Bingham, 1903: 202; Forel, 1908a: 3; Forel, 1911i: 221; Forel, 1918a: 721; Emery, 1922e: 173; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 164; Ettershank, 1966: 88; Bolton, 1995b: 261; Tiwari, 1999: 55; Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 45; Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 39; Sharaf, Fisher, et al. 2017: 23; Sharaf, Fisher, et al. 2018: 25; Dias, R.K.S. et al. 2020: 77 (error).
    • Junior synonym of sahlbergi: Boer, et al. 2020: 93.



  • 2n = 16 (India) (Imai et al., 1984).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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