The Ants of Africa
Genus Messor
Messor decipiens (Forel)

Messor decipiens (Forel)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Stenamma (Messor) barbarum, r capense Mayr, v decipiens n. var., Forel, 1905b: 177; Santschi, 1917e, worker & queen) - see below
junior synonyms
arcistriatus (Messor arcistriatus n. sp., Santschi, 1928f: 202, worker) from South Africa - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0913175
probus (Messor barbarus L.  subsp. capensis Mayr var. proba n. var., Forel, 1911e: 266, worker; Wheeler, 1922: 805) - see below
see Bolton (1982: 348, illustrated) .


{Messor decipiens}Forel's (1905b) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1920a: 410) gave a translation of the type and proba, these are at {original description}. Forel's (1911e) description of probus is at {original description}. Santschi's (1928f) description of arcistriatus is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1982) is at {original description}.


{Messor decipiens}The photomontage of the type (media) worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907714


{Messor decipiens probus}The photomontage of the probus type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0907716


{Messor decipiens major}Field photograph of a major worker. Taken in South Africa by Alex Wild and shown with his kind permission. His web blog is at http://scienceblogs.com/myrmecos/; posting date June 29, 2010.


{Messor decipiens}The photomontage of a worker from South Africa is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0281588

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