Plagiolepis grassei

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Plagiolepis grassei
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. grassei
Binomial name
Plagiolepis grassei
Le Masne, 1956

Plagiolepis grassei is an inquiline in the nest of Plagiolepis pygmaea. It is known to produce workers along with sexual offspring.

At a Glance • Inquiline  



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 44.09235° to 37.838032°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: France (type locality), Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Spain.

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.

  • grassei. Plagiolepis grassei Le Masne, 1956: 673 (w.q.m.) FRANCE. See also: Passera, 1969: 327.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • AntArea. Accessed on February 5th 2014 at
  • Antarea (at on June 11th 2017)
  • Bernard F. 1967. Faune de l'Europe et du Bassin Méditerranéen. 3. Les fourmis (Hymenoptera Formicidae) d'Europe occidentale et septentrionale. Paris: Masson, 411 pp.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Casevitz-Weulersse J., and C. Galkowski. 2009. Liste actualisee des Fourmis de France (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 114: 475-510.
  • Martinez D., E. Lopez-Gallego, I. Arnaldos, and D. Garcia. 2012. New record of Plagiolepis grasseiLe Masne, 1956 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae) in the Iberian Peninsula and its relation to the sarcosaprophagous fauna. Boln. Asoc. esp. Ent., 36 (1-2): 211-214.
  • Passera L. 1967. Peuplement en fourmis terricoles du rebord Meridional des Causses jurassiques du Quercy: la lande calcaire a buis. Vie et milieu. Serie C, Biologie terrestre 18(1): 189-205.
  • Schifani E. 2017. First record of the vulnerable social parasite ant Plagiolepis grassei in Italy (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fragmenta entomologica 49 (1): 61-64.