The Ants of Africa
Genus Messor
Messor piceus Stitz

Messor piceus Stitz

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Namibia (Stitz, 1923: 150, worker & queen - the main collection appears to be from Namibia, Neudamm Farm; but Stitz listed Transvaal, Ulrich, first) - type images not on Antweb (January 2015)

See Bolton (1982: 352, not illustrated)
NOTE - on type location Bolton (1982) had South Africa (Transvaal by Ulrich, but did not see the type specimen) and noted examining other specimens from South Africa (various locations) and Botswana (Gomodimo by Vernay-Lang) .

Stitz's (1923) description is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1982) is at {original description}.

{Messor piceus}The photomontage of a worker from South Africa is collated from

2007, 2012, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.