Temnothorax gordiagini

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Temnothorax gordiagini
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species: T. gordiagini
Binomial name
Temnothorax gordiagini
(Ruzsky, 1902)

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Slave-maker  


Photo Gallery

  • A queen (left), having penetrated a host nest, "throttles" the host colony queen to death. The adult host workers do not defend themselves from this attack. Photo by W. Faber.
  • A worker scout has detected a colony of the host species. On a short-lived pheromone trail the scout (far right) leads a column of nestmates, all slavemakers, towards the entrance of the slave species nest.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Russian Federation (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a slave-maker of the following species (Buschinger et al., 1984):



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • gordiagini. Myrmoxenus gordiagini Ruzsky, 1902b: 475, figs. A-H (1-8) (w.q.m.) RUSSIA. Combination in Epimyrma: Bolton, 1995b: 188; in Myrmoxenus: Schulz & Sanetra, 2002: 159; in Temnothorax: Ward et al., 2014: 15. Senior synonym of menozzii and provisional senior synonym of microcellatus: Buschinger, Winter & Faber, 1984: 336. See also: Kupyanskaya, 1990: 145.
  • menozzii. Myrmoxenus gordiagini subsp. menozzii Finzi, 1924b: 120 (q.m.) ITALY. Junior synonym of gordiagini: Buschinger, Winter & Faber, 1984: 336.
  • microcellatus. Myrmetaerus microcellatus Soudek, 1925a: 33, figs. 1-6 (w.q.) YUGOSLAVIA. [Also described as new by Soudek, 1925b: 14.] Provisional junior synonym of gordiagini: Buschinger, Winter & Faber, 1984: 336.



  • n = 10 (Croatia) (Buschinger et al., 1983; Fischer, 1987) (as Myrmoxenus gordiagini).