Temnothorax melleus

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Temnothorax melleus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species: T. melleus
Binomial name
Temnothorax melleus
(Forel, 1904)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • melleus. Leptothorax bulgaricus var. melleus Forel, 1904b: 375 (w.q.) UZBEKISTAN. Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Subspecies of bulgaricus: Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1926a: 75. Raised to species: Pisarski, 1969b: 298. Senior synonym of balchashensis, csikii: Radchenko, 1995a: 26.
  • csikii. Leptothorax melleus subsp. csikii Pisarski, 1969b: 298, figs. 1-4 (w.) MONGOLIA. Junior synonym of melleus: Radchenko, 1995a: 26.
  • balchashensis. Leptothorax balchashensis Arnol'di, 1971: 1822, fig. 2 (w.q.m.) KAZAKHSTAN. Junior synonym of melleus: Radchenko, 1995a: 26.



  • Arnol'di, K. V. 1971. New species and a review of the ant genus Leptothorax (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the Kazakstan plain. Zool. Zh. 5 50: 1818-1826.
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 271, Combination in Temnothorax)
  • Forel, A. 1904c [1903]. Note sur les fourmis du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences à St. Pétersbourg. Ezheg. Zool. Muz. 8: 368-388 (page 375, worker, queen described)
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, N. N. 1926b. Neue turkestanische Ameisen. Rus. Entomol. Obozr. 20: 71-77 (page 75, Subspecies of bulgaricus)
  • Pisarski, B. 1969b. 175. Myrmicidae und Formicidae. Ergebnisse der zoologischen Forschungen von Dr. Z. Kaszab in der Mongolei (Hymenoptera). Faun. Abh. (Dres.) 2(2 29: 295-316 (page 298, raised to species)
  • Radchenko, A. G. 1995a [1994]. A review of the ant genus Leptothorax (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the central and eastern Palearctic. Communication 1. Subdivision into groups. Groups acervorum and bulgaricus. Vestn. Zool. 1994 6: 22-28 (page 26, Senior synonym of balchashensis and csikii)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnol'di K. V. 1971. New species and a review of the ant genus Leptothorax (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the Kazakstan plain. [In Russian.]. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 50: 1818-1826.
  • Fontanilla A. M., A. Nakamura, Z. Xu, M. Cao, R. L. Kitching, Y. Tang, and C. J. Burwell. 2019. Taxonomic and functional ant diversity along tropical, subtropical, and subalpine elevational transects in southwest China. Insects 10, 128; doi:10.3390/insects10050128
  • Kuznetsov-Ugamsky N. N. 1926. Neue turkestanische Ameisen. Russkoe Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 20:71-77.
  • Reznikova Z. I. 2003. Distribution patterns of ants in different natural zones and landscapes in Kazakhstan and West Siberia along a meridian trend. Euroasian Entomological Journal 2(4): 235-342.