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Messor arenarius (Fabricius)

Messor arenarius (Fabricius)

return to key  Type location North Africa (Formica arenaria, Fabricius, 1787: 310, worker; André, 1883b: 366, queen; Emery, 1891b: 12, queen & male; Forel, 1902a: 148, male) Barbary, Dom. Vahl - no type images on Antweb (March 2019)
junior synonyms
amaurocyclia (Myrmica amaurocyclia, Foerster, 1850b: 486, worker; synonymy by Roger, 1862c: 292) from Algeria - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
bugnioni (Stenamma (Messor) Bugnioni n. sp., Forel, 1904c: 13, worker; synonymy by Forel, 1904f: 424) from Algeria Biskra, M Bugnion - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
scalpturata (Myrmica scalpturata n.sp., Nylander, 1856b: 83, worker, synonymy by Roger, 1862c: 292) from Algeria, in collection of Dr Sichel - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
alfierii (Messor arenarius Fab. stirps alfieri nov., Santschi, 1938a: illustrated, worker) from Egypt, Meadi, 18.xii.1912 - see below
diabolus (Messor arenarius Fab. var. diabolus nov., Santschi, 1938a: 35, illustrated, worker) from Egypt, El Arica, Sinai, 28.viii. 1917, Graves - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
ratus (Messor arenarius var. ratus n. var., Menozzi, 1933b: 51, worker) from Israel, Wadi Muallich, east of Bethlehem - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
sahlbergi (Messor barbarus L. r. Sahlbergi n. stirps, Forel, 1913d: 428, worker) from Egypt new status, Heliopolis, U. Sahlberg - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
thebaicus (Messor arenarius Fab. stirps thebaicum n. st., Santschi, 1912b: 164, soldier & worker) from Egypt, Letourneux, in Museum de Paris - see below

{Messor arenarius worker antenna}Fabricius's (1787) description is at {original description}. Nylander's (1856b) description of scalpturata is at {original description}. Forel's (1904c) description of bugnioni is at (footnote from Forel, 1904f) {original description}. Emery (1908e: 439) gave a full description, this is at {original description}. Santschi's (1912b) description of thebaiacus is at {original description} Forel's (1913d) description of sahlbergi is at {original description}. Menozzi's (1933b) description of ratus is at {original description} Santschi's (1938a) description of alfierii is at {original description} Santschi's (1938a) description of diabolus is at

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Egypt records - Messor arenarius sculpturata (Nylander, 1856b) in collection of Dr Sichel.
Messor arenarius thebaiacus (Santschi, 1912b), locality not given) collector Letourneux, 2 workers in Museum of Paris.
Messor arenarius ssp alfierii Santschi, 1938a: 34, illustrated, worker - in former HNS as Messor arenarius st. alfierii Santschi.
Messor arenarius diabolus Santschi, 1938a: 35, illustrated, worker - in former HNS as Messor arenarius var. diabolus Santschi

Alfieri (1931) listed one finding - from Charkeih Province, Isamailieh, workers, 5.xi.1925.

{short description of image}The photomontage is of specimens from Egypt, taken by Mostafa Sharaf.
Sharaf list - material examined: type form Abu-Mena, 8.iv.1954 (2) ; Kom Oshim, (1); Burg El-Arab (Alexandria), 7.4.1945 (1); Marsa Matrouh, 10.v.1957 (1) (ASUC); Mariut, 10.iii.1914, Efflatoun (1 worker); Abu-Rawash,, Shabaan (1 worker) (CUC).

Of diabolus - Pyramids (Giza), 19.xii.1953 (1); Gebel Asfar (Qalyubiya), 1.i.1953 (1); Gebel Asfar (Qalyubiya), 28.xi.1952 (2); Daqahliya, Egypt, 20.iv.1952 (1); Abu-Qir (Alexandria), 21.iv.1952 (1); Pyramids (Giza), 12.x.1952 (1) (ASUC).

{Messor arenarius} The photomontage of a worker from Tunisia is collated from

Messor arenarius alfieriiThe photomontage is of the type minor of alfierii collated from

Messor arenarius thebaicusThe photomontage is of the type minor of thebaicus collated from

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