As an very easy-to-keep granivore with big red-headed majors, this is often a popular choice among beginning ant-keepers. However, they are a very stress-sensitive species which makes them quite tricky unless they have enough workers (~50) and a few majors. Please keep this in mind when selecting a colony size.
A smaller, less common Messor species from the eastern Mediterranean that can be recognized by their shiny black color and a reddish hue on the thorax. A relatively easy species that does well with some heating during the summer and just room temperature in the winter.