Messor minor maurus

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Messor minor maurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Stenammini
Genus: Messor
Species: M. minor
Subspecies: M. minor maurus
Trinomial name
Messor minor maurus
Barquin, 1981



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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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.




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

  • maurus. Messor minor subsp. maurus Barquin Diez, 1981: 81.
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype queen(s) (numbers not stated).
    • Type-localities: Spain: Canary Is, Bejano (Cabrera), Canary Is, Tenerife, Medano (Cabrera), Algeria: Taourit (Nadig), Tunisia: Kairouan (F. Santschi), Tunisia: Sousse (F. Santschi).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • [First available use of Messor instabilis st. minor var. maura Santschi, 1923f: 325 (w.q.) SPAIN (Canary Is), ALGERIA, TUNISIA; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • [Unresolved junior primary homonym of Messor sublaeviceps var. maurus Santschi, 1927c: 244 (Bolton, 1995b: 255).]
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Santschi, 1927d: 248; Wheeler, W.M. 1927g: 103; Bernard, 1948: 139; Wellenius, 1955: 5; Báez & Ortega, 1978: 190.
    • Subspecies of minor: Hohmann, et al. 1993: 152; Bolton, 1995b: 255.
    • Distribution: Algeria, Spain (Canary Is), Tunisia.



  • Barquín, J. 1981. Las hormigas de Canarias. Taxonomía, ecología y distribución de los Formicidae. Colecc. Monogr. (Secr. Publ. Univ. La Laguna) 3: 1-584 (page 81, worker, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1923f. Messor et autres fourmis paléarctiques. Rev. Suisse Zool. 30: 317-336 (page 325, First available use of Messor instabilis st minor var. maura; unavailable name.)