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Additions to the Ant Fauna of Turkey (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

Kadri KIRAN & Celal KARAMAN

en Zoosystema 42 (18) - Pages 285-329

Published on 24 June 2020

Based on material collected between the years 1988-2015 numerous new province and country records of ants from Turkey are given. A total of 143 ant species were listed of which six: Cataglyphis machmal Radchenko & Arakelian, 1991, Lasius illyricus Zimmerman, 1935, Monomorium barbatulum Mayr, 1877, Myrmica caucasicola Arnol’di, 1934, Temnothorax clypeatus (Mayr, 1853) and Temnothorax rogeri Emery, 1869 are new for Turkish ant fauna. Based on most recent taxonomic data and studies on distributional patterns we also excluded from Turkish ant fauna fifteen species: Bothriomyrmex corsicus Santschi, 1923, Anoplolepis gracilipes (F. Smith, 1857), Cataglyphis cursor (Fonscolombe, 1846), C. rubra (Forel, 1903), Lasius paralienus Seifert, 1992, Plagiolepis pallescens maura Santschi, 1920, Proformica nasuta (Nylander, 1856), Aphaenogaster semipolita (Nylander, 1856), A. testaceopilosa (Lucas, 1849), Crematogaster auberti Emery, 1869, C. scutellaris (Oliver, 1792), Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, 1804), Temnothorax nylanderi (Förster, 1850), T. crassispinus (Karavaiev, 1926) and Tetramorium semilaeve André, 1883. Taxonomic position and new species names which were given in publications following the first Turkish checklist in 2012 are also discussed. The available faunal data showed that the ant fauna of Turkey is represented currently with 362 taxa.


Keywords :

Entomology, checklist, faunistic, Turkey, new records

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