Plagiolepis pallescens

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Plagiolepis pallescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Plagiolepis
Species: P. pallescens
Binomial name
Plagiolepis pallescens
Forel, 1889

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Ergatoid queen  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Armenia, China, Greece (type locality), Hungary, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Ergatoid queens reported by Espadaler (2007)


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • pallescens. Plagiolepis pygmaea var. pallescens Forel, 1889: 265 (w.) GREECE. Santschi, 1911i: 287 (q.); Finzi, 1928c: 790 (m.). Subspecies of pygmaea: Ruzsky, 1902d: 18; Santschi, 1920g: 168. Raised to species: Emery, 1921d: 315; Finzi, 1928c: 790; Karavaiev, 1931a: 311. Current subspecies: nominal plus atlantis, elguerrhae, isis, kabyla, maura, polygyna, sordida. See also: Menozzi, 1936d: 297.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype. TL 1.49, HL 0.45, HW 0.39, SL 0.39, EL 0.12, CI 87, SI 100, PRW 0.25, ML 0.46.

Yellowish brown, gaster yellowish paler than rest of body, legs and antennae yellow, propodeum dorsum characteristically reddish brown. Body smooth and shining. Head distinctly longer than broad with clearly convex sides. Eyes, in full-face view, fail to break head sides. Antennae with appressed pubescence. Second funicular segment as long as or little broader than long. Third funicular segment little longer than broad. Second and third funicular segments nearly subequal. Fourth funicular segment distinctly longer than broad, and little longer than broad. Scape surpassing posterior margin of head by 2-3 X its thickeness. Eyes large (EL 0.12), 0.3 x HW, with eleven ommatadia in the longest row. Anterior clypeal margin with several pairs of long hairs. Occiput nearly straight or feebly concave with strongly rounded posterior corners. Promesonotal suture indistinct. Metanotal groove feebly impressed. Erect hairs limited to anterior margin of clypeus and a small number on the gaster. Dorsum of head with abundant but widely spaced pubescence; other pubescence sparse.


Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype (gaster is broken) HL 0.63, HW 0.56, SL 0.53, EL 0.19, CI 89, SI 95, PRW 0.25, ML 0.92.

Body brown, legs and antennae yellowish brown. Eyes very large (EL 0.19) occupying about half head sides. Anterior clypeal margin with two pairs of long hairs. Palp formula 6,4. Second funicular segment about twice broader than long. Third funicular segment twice longer than broad, and twice longer than second. Fourth funicular segment clearly longer than broad and nearly as long as, or little shorter than, second and third segments combined. Occiput nearly straight or feebly concave with rounded posterior corners. Mesosoma robust, distinctly dorsoventrally compressed. Propodeal spiracle circular. Preonotal humeri with one pair of long hairs. Body with abundant appressed pubescence.


Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype. TL 1.42-1.49, HL 0.38, HW 0.35-0.36, SL 0.34-0.38, EL 0.17, CI 92-95, SI 97-106, PRW 0.35-0.36, ML 0.61-0.63.

Body pale brown, legs yellow, all covered with relatively few sparse pubescence. Head distinctly broader than long. Occiput straight. Third funicular segment about twice longer than second segment. Fourth funicular segment as long as or little longer than second and third segments combined. Anterior clypeal margin with one pair of long hairs. Eyes prominent occupying more than half of head sides.

Type Material

Sharaf et al. (2011) - Syntype worker and two syntype males and one syntype queen, Morocco: Magador, iv.1905 (Vaucher) (Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel) [examined].


  • Borowiec, L. & Salata, S. 2013. Ants of Greece – additions and corrections (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 24, 335-401.
  • Emery, C. 1921d. Notes critiques de myrmécologie. [IX-X.]. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 61: 313-319 (page 315, Raised to species)
  • Espadaler, X. 2007. The ants of El Hierro (Canary Islands). In: SNELLING, R.R., FISHER, B.L. & WARD, P.S. (Eds.): Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): homage to E. O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 113-127.
  • Finzi, B. 1928c. Weitere Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Fauna Griechenlands und der Inseln des Aegäischen Meeres. 1. Ameisen aus Griechenland und von den Aegäischen Inseln. Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. Abt. I 137: 787-792 (page 790, male described, Raised to species)
  • Forel, A. 1889 [1888]. Ameisen aus den Sporaden, den Cykladen und Griechenland, gesammelt 1887 von Herrn von Oertzen. Berl. Entomol. Z. 32: 255-265 (page 265, worker described)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1931a [1930]. Myrmekologische Fragmente, III. Zool. Anz. 92: 309-317 (page 311, Raised to species)
  • Menozzi, C. 1936b. Nuovi contributi alla conoscenza della fauna delle Isole italiane dell'Egeo. VI. Hymenoptera - Formicidae. Boll. Lab. Zool. Gen. Agrar. R. Sc. Super. Agric. 29: 262-311 (page 297, see also)
  • Ruzsky, M. 1902d. Material on the ant fauna of the Caucasus and the Crimea. Protok. Obshch. Estestvoispyt. Imp. Kazan. Univ. 206(su suppl: 1-33 (page 18, Variety of pygmaea)
  • Santschi, F. 1911i. Formicides de diverses provenances. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 55: 278-287 (page 287, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1920g. Cinq nouvelles notes sur les fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 53: 163-186 (page 168, Variety of pygmaea)