Ant fauna (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Strandzha (Istranca) Mountain and adjacent Black Sea coast

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:Lapeva-Gjonova, A, Kiran, K
Journal:North-Western Journal of Zoology
Date Published:June 2012
Keywords:ants, Bulgaria, Formicidae, Istranca, Strandzha, Turkey

The ant fauna of Strandzha (Istranca) Mountain and its Black Sea coast was investigated in both Bulgaria and Turkey. A total of 90 ant species were determined. Oxyopomyrmex krueperi Forel, 1911, Stenamma striatulum (Emery, 1895), Camponotus tergestinus Müller, 1921 and C. universitatis Forel, 1890 were recorded for the first time in Bulgaria and 34 species are new for the Bulgarian part of Strandzha Mountain. Four ant species – Temnothorax crassispinus (Karavaiev, 1926), T. interruptus (Schenck, 1852), Tetramorium hungaricum
(Röszler, 1935) and Tapinoma madeirense Forel, 1895 are new for Turkey. Ten species were recorded for the first time from the European part of Turkey and 38 – from the Turkish part of Strandzha Mountain. The zoogeographical composition and conservation status of threatened ant species are discussed.

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