Ryabinin A.S., Chesnokova S.V., Novgorodova Т.А. 2017. [A preliminary review of the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Novosibirskaya Oblast, Russia] // Euroasian Entomological Journal. Vol.16. No.6: 566–576 [in Russian, with English summary].
Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Frunze Str. 11, Novosibirsk 630091 Russia.
ABSTRACT. Myrmecological research in Novosibirskaya Oblast has been conducted since the 1920s, but the study of the myrmecofauna of the region has not been undertaken. Data on the fauna of ants (53 species from 14 genera of two subfamilies, Formicinae and Myrmicinae) of Novosibirskaya Oblast and their distribution are presented for the first time. About 75% of all identified species were representatives of three genera, Formica (18 spp.), Myrmica (15) and Lasius (6); the remaining genera include only 1–2 species. Despite the relatively small number of examined localities of the Oblast, the myrmecofauna of the forest-steppe and steppe zones has now been reasonably well studied. A comparative analysis of obtained data with the well studied fauna of ants living in similar conditions in the Kurgan Region revealed a high degree of similarity (c. 67%). Further studies in the taiga zone in the north of Novosibirskaya Oblast with a mountain-taiga landscape within the Salair Ridge, as well as in the unstudied biotopes of the forest-steppe and steppe, can significantly expand the list of species in the region.
KEY WORDS: ants, fauna, Novosibirsk region.