Messor meridionalis (André)
; Iran list
Type location Greece
(Aphaenogaster barbara var meridionalis, André, 1883b:
355, worker; Ruzsky, 1905b:747, male; raised to species in Bondroit,
1918: 155; in various synonymies but revived as species by Collingwood,
1985: 251; query junior synonym of caducus,
Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 121, in Bulgarian and not in HNS:
Atanassov, N.; Dlussky, G.M. 1992. Fauna of Bulgaria. Hymenoptera,
Formicidae. (In Bulgarian). Fauna Bulg. 22, 1-310.).
No type images on Antweb (August 2017).
(1883b) description is at . Bondroit's (1918)
description is at .
(1985) reiterated by Collingwood & Agosti (1996: 318) wrote of
"this bicoloured species known from Afghanistan (Pisarski, 167) and
most of the countries of the Middle East including Iraq and Iran is
immediately distingushable from M.
semirufus, M. wassmani
superficially similar species by its relatively large eyes". André,
however, had it as entirely black with the alitrunk a dull red; size
medium; head more or less shiny, sometimes lightly striate; pronotum
transversely ridged, propodeum with small teeth. Distribution: Greece,
Albania, Constantinople, Algeria and Tunisia; none of which are Middle
Oxford University Museum
specimens - possibly wrong ID
B Taylor det.
|Canyon south of Jede
Major - The
photomontages are of workers
collected in Israel by Joshua Kugler?, 7.viii.1998, and sent to me by
Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University.