Temnothorax nadigi

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Temnothorax nadigi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Temnothorax
Species group: bulgaricus
Species: T. nadigi
Binomial name
Temnothorax nadigi
(Kutter, 1925)

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Specimen Labels


In Greece this species is associated with humid habitats such as stream valleys or bushes inside dark deciduous forests (Salata & Borowiec, 2019). Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran in a Caspian moist littoral area.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 49.416667° to 36.501944°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Andorra, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Iran, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Spain, Switzerland (type locality).

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.



This species is a host for the ant Temnothorax ravouxi (a slave maker) in Poland (Czechowski & Czechowska, 2000).



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

  • nadigi. Leptothorax nadigi Kutter, 1925: 409, figs. (w.q.) SWITZERLAND. Espadaler, 1984: 136 (m.). Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Senior synonym of caucasicus: Schulz, in Czechowski, Radchenko & Czechowska, 2002: 55. See also: Stitz, 1939: 178; Kutter, 1977c: 132.
  • caucasicus. Leptothorax caucasicus Arnol'di, 1977a: 198 (w.) GEORGIA. Radchenko, 1995d: 6 (q.m.). Senior synonym of hasardaghi: Radchenko, 1994d: 154 (in key); Radchenko, 1995d: 5. Junior synonym of nadigi: Schulz, in Czechowski, Radchenko & Czechowska, 2002: 55.
  • hasardaghi. Leptothorax hasardaghi Dlussky & Zabelin, 1985: 226, fig. 4 (w.q.) TURKMENIA. Junior synonym of caucasicus: Radchenko, 1994d: 154 (in key).

Taxonomic Notes

Radchenko et al. (2015) established the nadigi species group for this species together with Temnothorax anodonta, Temnothorax anodontoides, Temnothorax iranicus and Temnothorax dlusskyi. Salata & Borowiec (2019) transferred it to the bulgaricus species group without comment on its previous placement or the placement of other species included in the nadigi species group.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Antarea (at www.antarea.fr on June 11th 2017)
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