Aphaenogaster kervillei

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Aphaenogaster kervillei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Aphaenogaster
Species group: splendida
Species complex: kervillei
Species: A. kervillei
Binomial name
Aphaenogaster kervillei
Forel, 1910

Aphaenogaster kervillei casent0907687 p 1 high.jpg

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known regarding the biology of this species.


Salata et al. (2021) - A very distinct species. Its elongated head with longitudinal sculpture limited to anterior half of the head groups this species with Aphaenogaster hamaensis and Aphaenogaster vohraliki. Both relatives differ in more distinctly converging posterad head with almost straight sides behind eyes, while in A. kervillei head sides behind eyes are weakly rounded posterad. Aphaenogaster vohraliki differs also by almost twice longer propodeal spines, and A. hamaensis differs in extremely short, resembling reduced teeth, propodeal spines. Also, due to elongated head and slim legs, A. splendida appears similar to A. kervillei but it differs in oval and more distinctly sculptured head, with longitudinal and reticulate sculpture present also on its posterior half. Other yellow colored species of the A. splendida species-group differ in stouter body, hind femora distinctly swollen medially, and more distinctly sculptured head strongly narrowing toward base and apex, with longitudinal and reticulate sculpture also in its posterior half. Slim and elongated body of Aphaenogaster peloponnesiaca reminds body proportions characteristic to A. kervillei, but A. peloponnesiaca differs in regularly oval head evenly converging anterad and posterad.


Israel and Syria. Its presence in Lebanon and Turkey is possible but requires confirmation (Salata et al., 2021).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Israel, Lebanon (type locality), Syria, Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Queen unknown.


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

  • kervillei. Aphaenogaster kervillei Forel, 1910a: 12 (w.) LEBANON, SYRIA.
    • Combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma): Emery, 1921f: 58.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1921f: 58; Aktaç, 1977: 120; Bolton, 1995b: 70; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 41; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 16; Borowiec, L. 2014: 13.

Type Material

  • Lectotype (designated by Salata et al., 2021: 312): A. kervillei | Type Forel | Berzé Antiliban | ss pierr. Syrie | (Kerville) || Sp. A. Kervillei | Forel || coll. Forel || Typus || ANTWEB | CASENT0907687 (MHNG), examined (Salata et al., 2021).
  • 9 paralectotypes: A. kervillei | Type For | Berzé Antiliban | Gadeau de Kerville || kervillei || Forel || coll. | A. Forel || Cotypus (MHNG), examined (Salata et al., 2021).



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 70, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 58, combination in Aphaenogaster (Attomyrma))

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Forel A. 1910. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32.
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.