Notes on Ants of the genus Strumigenys F. Smith, 1860 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Arabian Peninsula, with a key to species.

Mostafa R. Sharaf, Brian L. Fisher, Abdulrahman Saad Aldawood


The ant genus Strumigenys in the Arabian Peninsula is treated. Three species are recognized, S. arnoldi Forel, S. emmae (Emery) and S. membranifera Emery. The invasive species S. membranifera and the Afrotropical species S. arnoldi are recorded for the first time from Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula. A key to the Arabian species based on the worker caste is presented. Biological, ecological and distribution notes for each species are given. A regional distribution map for the three species is also presented.


Strumigenys, Palearctic region, Middle East, taxonomy, new record, Saudi Arabia, invasive species.

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