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SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Messor - Messor foreli (Santschi)

Messor foreli (Santschi)

return to key  Type location Tunisia (Messor aegyptiacus Em. var foreli n. var., Santschi, 1923f: 322, illustrated, worker; raised to species Bernard, 1951: 92) - see below.

fossulatus (Messor aegyptiacus Em. var. fossulatus n. v., Santschi, 1923f: 323, illustrated, all forms) from Tunisia - junior synonym of Messor foreli, Cagniant & Espadaler (1998: 427) see
striatulus (Aphaenogaster (Messor) Barbarus L. var. striatulus Emery, 1891b: 11, worker - raised to species Cagniant & Espadaler (1998: 427) - see; unavailable name curvispina, Karavaiev, 1912a: 10, soldier & worker; Santschi, 1923f: 321) - no images on Antweb (March 2019)
surcoufi (Messor aegyptiacus Em. var. surcoufi n. var., Santschi, 1923f: 324, worker) from Algeria - subspecies of Messor foreli, Cagniant & Espadaler (1998: 428) - see

{Messor foreli propodeums}{Messor foreli}Santschi's (1923f) description is at {original description}. 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.

{Messor sp}Egypt records - 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 Sinai), 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).

{Messor foreli}The photomontage of the holotype worker from Tunisia is collated from

2005, 2006, 2012, 2015, 2019 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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