Temnothorax tauricus

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

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Specimen Labels


Status of this species in Greece is still under discussion (Borowiec & SaLata 2019a), as it can be only a dark form of Temnothorax turcicus. It was noted from the Ionian Islands and Macedonia, and now form the Peloponnese. Nests were observed in cracked rocks inside mixed and fir forests. (Borowiec & Salata, 2021)



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 42.596228° to 39.82632°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Russian Federation, Ukraine (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.




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

  • tauricus. Leptothorax unifasciatus var. tauricus Ruzsky, 1902d: 22 (w.) UKRAINE. Karavaiev, 1927a: 292 (q.); Radchenko, 1995c: 16 (m.). Combination in Temnothorax: Bolton, 2003: 271. Subspecies of unifasciatus: Arnol'di, 1977a: 202. Raised to species and senior synonym of pithyusae: Radchenko, 1994d: 157 (in key); Radchenko, 1995c: 16; senior synonym of babuganicus: Radchenko, 1995c: 16.
  • babuganicus. Leptothorax pithyusae subsp. babuganicus Arnol'di, 1977a: 201 (w.) UKRAINE. Junior synonym of tauricus: Radchenko, 1995c: 16.
  • pithyusae. Leptothorax pithyusae Arnol'di, 1977a: 201 (w.q.) RUSSIA. Junior synonym of tauricus: Radchenko, 1994d: 157 (in key); Radchenko, 1995c: 16.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnol'di K. V. 1977. New and little known species of the genus Leptothorax Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the European regions of the USSR and the Caucasus. Entomol. Rev. (Wash.) 56: 148-153.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Dubovikoff D. A., and Z. M. Yusupov. 2018. Family Formicidae - Ants. In Belokobylskij S. A. and A. S. Lelej: Annotated catalogue of the Hymenoptera of Russia. Proceedingss of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 6: 197-210.
  • Ivanov S. P., A. V. Fateryga, and V. Yu Zhidkov. 2019. Aculeate Hymenoptera (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) inhabiting trap nests in Crimea. Entomological Review 99(2): 163–179.
  • Karavaiev V. 1927. Übersicht der Ameisenfauna der Krim nebst einigen Neubeschreibungen. Konowia 5: 281-303.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2019. Preliminary division of not socially parasitic Greek Temnothorax Mayr, 1861 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) with a description of three new species. ZooKeys 877: 81-131.