Solenopsis latro Forel
Type location Algeria
(Solenopsis latro n. sp.,
Forel, 1894d: 21, worker), collected at Souk Ahras, eastern Algeria,
by A Forel, 1889, earlier reported as Solenopsis orbula (Forel,
1890a: LXXVI); found in a nest shared with Aphaenogaster sardoa,
Souk Ahras, Forel, 1889 - see below
junior synonyms (status here from comparing type images)
msilana (Solenopsis oraniensis var. msilana
Forel, 1894d: 22, worker; subspecies of latro, Emery, 1909a:
34) from Algeria, Msila Forest - https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0908863
sicula (Solenopsis latro sicula,
n., Emery, 1915a: 259, illustrated, worker) from Sicily,
Casteldaccia, Prof. De Stefani - see https://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0904642.
Santschi (1934e: 580), with an illustration, added workers
from locations in Algeria - Kef (Normand) and Ain Draham (Rambousek);
also msilana from Oran province. In the same paper, Santschi
(1934e: 568) reverted S. oraniensis to full species on the
basis of the remarkable small queen. S. oraniensis had been
reduced to subspecies of latro by Emery (1909a: 34). The merit
of Santschi's support for S. oraniensis as a full species can
be questioned as there are no descriptions of the queen of S. latro.
The workers of latro and its purported subspecies all have a TL
ca 1.3-1.4 mm, which is the same as the oraniensis workers.
Additionally confusing is that the oraniensis workers have eyes
of a single facet, as does latro, whereas msilana with
three facetted eyes remains where Emery moved it, that is, under latro.
Egypt records - none.