The Ants of Africa
Genus Messor
Messor ferreri Collingwood

Messor ferreri Collingwood

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Kenya (Collingwood, 1993: 229, illustrated, worker) - no images on Antweb (January 2015) .


{Messor ferreri}Collingwood's (1993) description is at {original description}.

I previously thought this might be a junior synonym of Messor ruginodis but specimens of the latter from Sudan, and that from Kenya below, show the separation of ferreri. Collingwood's image may be slightly misleading as he notes the three paratype workers do not have erect hairs on the propodeum; the illustrated specimen also peculiarly only had a single erect hair on the propodeum, one would expect such hairs to at least be paired.  That shown below has no erect hairs on the propodeum but is probably a media specimen. The heavily striated and obtusely angular propodeum, sculptured petiole and quite thick scape set it aside also from Messor galla I have from Sudan and West Africa.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Messor ferreri
B Taylor det.

Kenya
Dupont & Braet


24.iii-11.iv.2010
Subukia
00’42.9" N
3814’52.3" E


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Messor ferreri
B Taylor det.
Ethiopia
A Pauly

17.x.2011
Simien Mts
1311' N
3804' E
3252 m
Yellow pan trap st 22
Media & minor workers
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{Messor ferreri media}The photomontage is of a worker from Kenya, Subukia, 24.iii-11.iv.2010; 00'42.9" N 3614'52.3" E; collectors Dupont & Braet.


{Messor ferreri media}The photomontage is of a media worker from Ethiopia, Mt Simiens; A Pauly.


{Messor ferreri media}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Ethiopia, Mt Simiens; A Pauly.

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