Messor foreli (Santschi)
Type location Tunisia
(Messor aegyptiacus Em. var foreli n. var., Santschi, 1923f: 322,
illustrated, worker; raised to species Bernard, 1951: 92).
Santschi's (1923f) description
is at . reporting findings from the Fezzan area
of inland Libya, Bernard (1948: 139) gave an illustration of foreli,
he noted that its niche was in alluvial soil of deserts, at the
periphery of oases and in gardens.
- Menozzi (1929e, as variety of M. aegyptiacus) several workers
from Kaa desert, Sinai, collected by F S Bodenheimer. Mohamed et al
(2001, illustrated); the illustration and their key separation
"Propodeum armed with triangular teeth, body entirely black, dorsum of
propodeum completely striated; petiole with three pairs of hairs",
conflicts with Santschi's description, which has the sculpturation
reduced when compared with aegyptiacus (not found in Sinai by
Mohamed et al) and has the flat downturned propodeal teeth;
erect hairs rare on the alitrunk and the rest glabrous (apart from on
the anterior head and gastral apex). I conclude the Mohamed et al
finding was more likely to have been aegyptiacus.
Sharaf list - material examined: El-Mafareq (South
1.iv.1998 (1); El-Mafareq (South Sinai), 18.ii.1999 (1); El-Mafareq
(South Sinai), 2.v.1998 (1); El-Mafareq (South Sinai), 14.xi.1998 (1);
Gebel Asfar (Qalyubiya), 29.iv.2003 (3) (SHC).