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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Temnothorax albipennis - A Slender-bodied ant

Range & Status

Previously known as Leptothorax tuberum and Leptothorax tuberointerruptus . Local in the coastal counties of southern England.

Regional Distribution

Widespread on parts of the south-west coast of The Lizard, where it is locally abundant, with a recent record from near Cape Cornwall, and a single record since 1980 from Nare Head.

Habitat & Ecology

Found on sea cliffs, building nests often under Wild Thyme Thymus polytrichus and other plants growing over rock surfaces, and under stones.


No known threats.


Most areas where it has been recorded in Cornwall are owned and protected by the

National Trust.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.