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Messor structor (Latreille)

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return to list {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location France (Formica structor, Latreille, 1798: 46, worker & male; Latreille, 1802c: 237, queen) - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
junior synonyms
aedificator (Formica aedificator, Schilling, 1839: 56, worker; synonymy Mayr, 1855: 464) from Poland - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
lapidum (Formica lapidum, Fabricius, 1804: 407, worker; synonymy Nylander, 1856b: 85) from Austria- no images on Antweb (July 2015)
tyrrhena (Stenamma (Messor) structor var tyrrhena, Emery, 1898c: 141, all forms; synonymy Emery, 1921b: 210) from Italy - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
rufitarsis (Formica rufitarsis, Fabricius, 1804: 406, worker; synonymy confirmed Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54) from Austria - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
clivorum (as var, Ruzsky, 1905b: 735, major & minor workers; Karavaiev, 1927a: 286, queen & male, synonymy Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 224) - see below
[clivorum junior synonyms - rubella (Messor platyceras var rubella, Crawley, 1920a: 164, major & minor workers & male; synonymy Emery, 1921b: 210) from Iran - no images on Antweb (July 2015) and subpolitus, Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927a: 92, in key, worker) from Turkestan - no images on Antweb (July 2015)]
jakowlevi (Messor barbarus ssp capitatus var jakowlevi, Ruzsky, 1905b: 750; Messor rufitarsis ssp jakowlevi, Arnold'i, 1977b: 1643, worker; synonymy Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 224) from Ukraine - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
tataricus (Ruzsky, 1905b: 738, worker; Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 224) from Turkestan - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
turanicus (ssp, Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927a: 91, in key, worker, Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927a: 92, in key, worker, synonymy Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 224, j syn darianus, as var of rufitarsis, Santschi, 1926f: 291, synonymy Pisarski, 1967: 383) from Uzbekistan - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0913229
romana (Santschi, 1917e: 91, worker & queen) from Romania - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0913227
mutica (Myrmica mutica, Nylander, 1849: 39, worker, queen & male, most recent synonymy Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 114) from Russia
novaki (Finzi, 1929: 92, worker, synonymy Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 114) from Yugoslavia - see below
varrialei (Emery, 1921b: 215, illustrated, major worker; synonymy Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 114) from Turkey - see below
sevani (Messor clivorum ssp sevani, Arnold'i, 1977b: 1644, major & minor workers; synonymy Arakelian, 1994: 39) from Caucasus - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
subspecies
aegaeus (Messor barbarus ssp structor var aegea, Emery, 1921b: 213; Menozzi, 1928a: 126, all forms) from Turkey - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0904130
platyceras (Messor platycerus, Crawley, 1920a: 163, illustrated, major & minor workers - Fig 8 unavailable) from Iran - no images on Antweb (July 2015)
tadzhikorum (Messor rufitarsis ssp tadzhikorum, Arnold'i, 1969: 79, soldier, worker & queen) from Tadzhikistan - no images on Antweb (July 2015)


{Messor structor} {Messor structor lateral head}Emery's (1898c) description, with the queen and male, plus tyrrhena is at {original description}. Bondroit (1918) gave an illustrated description of the type from France, this is at {original description}. Kuznetsov-Ugamsky's (1927a) notes are at {original description}. Finzi's (1929) notes are at {original description} and, including novaki {original description}. The latter appears to be a close match to the Savigny specimen, with that being at the bottom of the size range.


{Messor ? structor smallest worker}Egypt record - as Aphaenogaster structor (Formica structor) reported from Cairo, Wells of Moses, by Walker (1871); cited as an import by Alfieri (1931: 46), who gave three findings at Bab El Charieh, Cairo, 27.x.1925 and 12.xi.1925.

Savigny's Plates 17 and 22 appear to show a smallest worker and a queen respectively.

See the non-type queen on - https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0914239


{Messor structor queen}

{Messor structor varrialei}The photomontage of a lectotype major worker of varrialei is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0905855


{Messor structor novaki}Photograph of novaki type collated from http://mcz-28168.oeb.harvard.edu/mcz/FMPro?-DB=Image.fm&-Lay=web&-Format=images.htm&Species_ID=28821&-Find

{Messor structor clivorum}The photomontage of a lectotype worker of clivorum is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0904134


Oxford University Museum specimens

Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
R Nafisi
14
27.xii.2012
3618'N
5750'E
Soltanabad-Sabzevar-Khorasan
4218 ft
Near lake
3
{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
E Aram
25
21.vii.2012
37.25N
48.16E
1250 m
Kazaj (Darraz)
1250 m
hand collected, mountain on soil
minima worker
1
{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
M Seiri
19



{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
M Seiri
23

Queen
1
{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Cyprus
T Stalling
MYR0881
30.x.2014
Paphos
3500'23.4" N
3223'30.8' E
Polis Chrysochous
220 m
minor worker
1
{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
F Borjali
27
28.iv.2014
374724 N
494587 E
-22 m
Anzali
hand collected
city, soil, 1100h
1
{album}
Messor structor
B Taylor det.
Iran
F Borjali
30
28.iv.2014
374724 N
494587 E
-22 m
Anzali
hand collected
city park, soil, 0930h

1
{album}

{Messor structor major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Iran; collector R Nafisi (14).


{Messor structor minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Iran; collector R Nafisi (14).


{Messor structor minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Cyprus; collector Thomas Stalling.


{Messor structor major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Iran; collector Maryam Seiri (19).


{Messor structor queen}The photomontage is of a queen from Iran; collector M Seiri (25).

2005, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.

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