Monomorium destructor

Collingwood, C. A., Pohl, F., Güsten, R., Wranik, W., van Harten, A., 2004, The ants (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Socotra Archipelago, Fauna of Arabia 20, pp. 473-495: 484

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Monomorium destructor


Monomorium destructor  (Jerdon, 1851) Fig. 10

Atta destructor Jerdon  , 1851. - Madras J. Lit. Sci. 17: 105. (India).

Monomorium destructor  . - COLLINGWOOD & VAN HARTEN 1994: 39.

Specimens examined: Yemen, Socotra Island:spms from Adho Dimello , III.1967, K.M. Guichard, NHMB  ; spms from Mouri , IV.1997, W. Wranik, CWWR  ; spms from Farmihin , 24.IX.1998, W. Wranik, CWWR  ; spms from Diasma , 30.IX.1998, W. Wranik, CWWR  ; nest sample, Adho Dimello, base camp , 12°34'N 54°02'E, 940 m, 03.II.1999, H. Pohl, HLMD-Hym-2079, NHCYGoogleMaps  ; spms from Mogasu , 03.III.1999, W. Wranik, CWWR  ; 7 ☿☿, Wadi Daneghan , 12°37'N 54°04'E, 90 m, pitfall traps, 28-30.X.2000, A. van Harten & H. Pohl, HLMD-Hym-2081, NHCY. -GoogleMaps  Yemen, Abd al-Kuri Island: many ☿☿, west coast, 12°10'N 53°15E, above 200 m, 18.II.1999, H. Pohl, HLMD-Hym-2080, NHCY  .

Remarks: As another commonly transferred species, M. destructor  has been particularly successful in south-east Asia and on islands throughout the tropics. Recent sampling has proved it also to be common in Arabia (Collingwood & Agosti 1996). Its origin is probably the Indian subcontinent. Larger colonies may contain several sizes of workers. They usually have yellowish alitrunks and darker gasters.


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