Temnothorax luteus

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Temnothorax luteus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species group: luteus
Species: T. luteus
Binomial name
Temnothorax luteus
(Forel, 1874)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Austria, France (type locality), Greece, Iberian Peninsula, Israel, Romania, Spain, Switzerland (type locality), Syrian Arab Republic.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the ant Temnothorax muellerianus (a slave maker) (Buschinger et al., 1988) (as Leptothorax tristis).



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

  • luteus. Leptothorax tuberum r. luteus Forel, 1874: 85 (w.) SWITZERLAND. André, 1883a: 304 (q.); Bernard, 1956a: 162 (m.). Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Subspecies of unifasciatus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 129; of tuberum: Forel, 1913d: 432. Raised to species: Emery, 1916b: 173. Senior synonym of tristis: Seifert, Csösz & Schulz, 2014: 51. See also: Menozzi, 1918: 85; Bondroit, 1918: 133; Stitz, 1939: 176; Bernard, 1967: 208; Kutter, 1977c: 131; Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 542. Current subspecies: nominal plus subcingulatus.
  • tristis. Leptothorax tristis Bondroit, 1918: 129, fig. 62 (w.) FRANCE. Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Junior synonym of luteus: Seifert, Csösz & Schulz, 2014: 51.

Type Material

Types studied by Salata et al. (2018): Temnothorax luteus: Lektotype (w.) (CASENT0907603): [Lectotype (bottom worker) | Temnothorax luteus | (Forel, 1874) | des. B. Seifert 2011 || ANTWEB | CASENT | 09077603 | Catalogué | Base MZL] (MZSL).

Taxonomic Notes

Borowiec & Salata (2020): Temnothorax luteus is a western Mediterranean species known from Spain, Andorra, France, Italy and Switzerland. In the eastern part of Mediterranean Basin occur some undescribed species of this group (our unpublished data) and probably Jordanian record concerns one of those species.



  • n = 21 (France; Switzerland) (Fischer, 1987) (as Leptothorax tristis).