Gábor Lőrinczi





University of Szeged, Department of Ecology
H-6726 Szeged, Közép fasor 52.
Phone: +36 62 546-951
E-mail: lorinczig#at#gmail.com



2005: Diploma in Biology (University of Szeged, Faculty of Science)
2015: Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Environmental Sciences, Dissertation title: "Spatio-temporal organization of sub-Mediterranean woodland ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)" [In Hungarian with English summary] [pdf] (University of Szeged, Faculty of Science and Informatics)



Animal Ecology lecture (MSc) (2022–)
Conservation Genetics lecture (MSc) (2023–)
Current Issues of Nature and Environmental Conservation lecture (MSc) (2019–)
Ecology lecture (BSc) (2018–)
Ethology lecture (BSc) (2016–)
Introduction to Biology lecture (BSc) (2017–), in English (2023–)
Introduction to Ecology lecture (BSc) (2018–)
Myrmecology lecture (BSc) (2011–)
Supraindividual Biology lecture (MSc) (2017–)
Systematic Zoology lecture (BSc) (2012–)
Systematic Zoology field course (BSc) (2005–)
Systematic Zoology practical (BSc) (2005–)



Animal memes (in Hungarian)



Europe Radio – Ants under scrutiny (in Hungarian)
SZTEnews – Interesting observations on ants from the researchers of University of Szeged (in Hungarian)
Insectes Sociaux blog – Vegans vs. omnivores: differences in foraging tool use in ants with different diet
Választár (University TV) – Ecology, animal behaviour – Dr. Lőrinczi Gábor answers 10 questions (in Hungarian)
Time Lapse – Ants using tools to carry honey water
Minden tudás (M1) – Tool-using insects (in Hungarian)
Kossuth Radio – Communication, tool use and corpse handling in ants (in Hungarian)
OUPblog – Ants are picky when using tools for foraging
Szeged News – Ants use sponges (in Hungarian)



Behavioural ecology of ants
Community ecology of ants
Ant faunistics


Lecture notes:

  • Lőrinczi G., Torma A. (2020): Systematic Zoology I.: basal groups (Non-Bilateria) and the protostomes (Protostomia) [In Hungarian]. Lecture notes. Szeged, 834 pp. [pdf]
  • Lőrinczi G., Torma A. (2019): Introduction to Zoology [In Hungarian]. Lecture notes. Szeged, 317 pp. [pdf]



  • Lőrincz Á., Hábenczyus A. A., Kelemen A., Ratkai B., Tölgyesi Cs., Lőrinczi G., Frei K., Bátori Z., Maák I. E. (2024): Wood-pastures promote environmental and ecological heterogeneity on a small spatial scale. Science of The Total Environment 906, 167510. [pdf]

  • Módra G., Maák I., Lőrincz Á., Lőrinczi G. (2022): Comparison of foraging tool use in two species of myrmicine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 69, 5-12. [pdf]

  • Bátori Z., Gallé R., Gallé-Szpisjak N., Császár P., Nagy D. D., Lőrinczi G., Torma A., Tölgyesi Cs., Maák I. E., Frei K., Hábenczyus A. A., Hornung E. (2022): Topographic depressions provide potential microrefugia for ground-dwelling arthropods. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 10(1), 00084. [pdf]

  • Gallé R., Tölgyesi Cs., Torma A., Bátori Z., Lőrinczi G., Szilassi P., Gallé-Szpisjak N., Kaur H., Makra T., Módra G., Batáry P. (2022): Matrix quality and habitat type drive the diversity pattern of forest steppe fragments. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 20(1), 60-68. [pdf]

  • Deák B., Báthori F., Lőrinczi G., Végvári Zs., Nagy D. D., Mizser Sz., Torma A., Valkó O., Tóthmérész B. (2021): Functional composition of ant assemblages in habitat islands is driven by habitat factors and landscape composition. Scientific Reports 11, 20962. [pdf]

  • Deák B., Bede Á., Rádai Z., Tóthmérész B., Török P., Nagy D., Torma A., Lőrinczi G., Nagy A., Mizser Sz., Kelemen A., Valkó O. (2021): Different extinction debts among plants and arthropods after loss of grassland amount and connectivity. Biological Conservation 264, 109372. [pdf]

  • Csathó A. I., Gallé L., Lőrinczi G.,  Tartally A., Báthori F., Kovács É. Maák, I.  Markó B., Módra G., Nagy Cs., Somogyi A. Á., Csősz S. (2021): Hungarian common names of ant species of Hungary and of the well-known alien species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) [in Hungarian with English summary]. Állattani Közlemények 106 (1-2), 1-56. [pdf]

  • Csősz S., Báthori F., Gallé L., Lőrinczi G., Maák I.,Tartally A., Kovács É., Somogyi A. Á., Markó B. (2021): The myrmecofauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Hungary: Survey of ant species with an annotated synonymic inventory. Insects 12(1), 78. [pdf]

  • Bátori Z., Lőrinczi G., Tölgyesi C., Módra G., Juhász O., Aguilon D. J., Vojtkó A., Valkó O., Deák B., Erdős L., Maák I. E. (2020): Karstic microrefugia host functionally specific ant assemblages. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8, 613738. [pdf]

  • Módra G., Maák I., Lőrincz Á., Juhász O., Kiss P. J., Lőrinczi G. (2020): Protective behavior or ‘true’ tool use? Scrutinizing the tool use behavior of ants. Ecology and Evolution 10, 13787-13795. [pdf]

  • Maák I., Tóth E., Lenda M., Lőrinczi G., Kiss A., Juhász O., Czechowski W., Torma A. (2020): Behaviours indicating cannibalistic necrophagy in ants are modulated by the perception of pathogen infection level. Scientific Reports 10, 17906. [pdf]

  • Juhász O., Bátori Z., Trigos-Peral G., Lőrinczi G., Módra G., Bóni I., Kiss P. J., Aguilon D. J., Tenyér A., Maák I. (2020): Large- and small-scale environmental factors drive distributions of ant mound size across a latitudinal gradient. Insects 11(6), 350. [pdf]

  • Aguilon D. J., Vojtkó A., Tölgyesi Cs., Erdős L., Kiss P. J., Lőrinczi G., Juhász O., Frei K., Bátori Z. (2020): Karst environments and disturbance: evaluation of the effects of human activity on grassland and forest naturalness in dolines. Biologia 75, 1529-1535. [pdf]

  • Deák B., Valkó O., Nagy D. D., Török P., Torma A., Lőrinczi G., Kelemen A., Nagy A., Bede Á., Mizser Sz., Csathó A. I., Tóthmérész, B. (2020): Habitat islands outside nature reserves - Threatened biodiversity hotspots of grassland specialist plant and arthropod species. Biological Conservation 241, 108254. [pdf]

  • Kaur H., Torma A., Gallé-Szpisjak N., Šeat J., Lőrinczi G., Módra G., Gallé R. (2019): Road verges are important secondary habitats for grassland arthropods. Journal of Insect Conservation 23, 899-907. [pdf]

  • Bátori Z., Vojtkó A., Maák I., Lőrinczi G., Farkas T., Kántor N., Tanács E., Kiss P. J., Juhász O., Módra G., Tölgyesi Cs., Erdős L., Aguilon D. J., Keppel G. (2019): Karst dolines provide diverse microhabitats for different functional groups in multiple phyla. Scientific Reports 9, 7176. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G., Módra G., Juhász O., Maák I. (2018): Which tools to use? Choice optimization in the tool-using ant, Aphaenogaster subterranea. Behavioral Ecology, 29(6), 1444-1452. [pdf, OUPblog]

  • Somogyi A., Lőrinczi G., Kovács J., Maák I. (2017): Structure and composition of ant assemblages in planted poplar (Populus alba) forests and the effect of the common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 63(4), 443-457. [pdf]

  • Maák I., Lőrinczi G., Quinquis P. L., Módra G., Bovet D., Call J., d'Ettorre P. (2017): Tool selection during foraging in two species of funnel ants. Animal Behaviour 123, 207-216. [pdf, NewScientist review]

  • Maák I., Torma A., Kovács J., Somogyi A., Lőrinczi G. (2016): Threat, signal or waste? Meaning of corpses in two dulotic ant species. Journal of Insect Behavior 29(4), 432-448. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2016): Winter activity of the European false honeypot ant, Prenolepis nitens (Mayr, 1853). Insectes Sociaux 63(1), 193-197. [pdf]

  • Gallé L., Kanizsai O., Maák I., Lőrinczi G. (2014): Close nesting association of two ant species in artificial shelters: Results from a long-term experiment. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(4), 359-370. [pdf]

  • Kanizsai O., Maák I., Lőrinczi G. (2014): The effect of laboratory colony condition on the trophallactic interactions of Camponotus vagus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), 247-256. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2014): Some notes on the tool-using behaviour of the ant, Aphaenogaster subterranea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Tiscia 40, 17-24. [pdf]

  • Maák I., Szántó A., Lőrinczi G. (2013): Waste management in the polymorphic ant Camponotus aethiops (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Acta Scientiarium Transylvanica 21(1), 53-65. [pdf]

  • Kanizsai O., Lőrinczi G., Gallé L. (2013): Nesting associations without interdependence: a preliminary review on plesiobiosis in ants. Psyche: A Journal of Entomology 2013 (Annual Issue on Ants and Their Parasites), 9 pp. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2012): A novel association between Aphaenogaster subterranea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and the nymphs of Reptalus panzeri (Hemiptera: Cixiidae). European Journal of Entomology 109(4), 509-515. [pdf]

  • Gallé R., Lőrinczi G., Szpisjak N., Maák I., Torma A. (2012): Data on the arthropod (Araneae, Formicidae, Heteroptera) fauna of floodplain forests at the lower reach of the river Maros/Mures. In: Körmöczi, L. (ed.): Landscape-scale connections between the land use, habitat quality and ecosystem goods and services in the Mures/Maros valley. Tiscia Monograph Series 10, 45-66. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2011): Lasius nitidigaster Seifert, 1996 - a new ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) for the Hungarian fauna. Natura Somogyiensis 19, 223-226. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G., Bozsó M., Duma I., Petrescu M., Gallé R., Torma A. (2011): Preliminary results on the invertebrate fauna (Araneae, Orthoptera, Heteroptera and Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of alkaline grasslands of the Hungarian-Romanian border. In: Körmöczi, L. (ed.): Ecological and socio-economic relations in the valleys of river Körös/Cris and river Maros/Mures. Tiscia Monograph Series 9, 159-173. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2011): Density and spatial pattern of nests in sub-Mediterranean ground-dwelling ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Community Ecology 12(1), 51-57. [pdf]

  • Lőrinczi G. (2009): Hangyafészkek denzitása és términtázata két szubmediterrán élőhelyen. In: Gallé L. (szerk.): Entomológia: kutatás, szemléletformálás, ismeretterjesztés. Szeged, pp. 155-163.

  • Lőrinczi G. (2008): Hangyaközösségek (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fajösszetétele és diverzitása Litér környéki szubmediterrán élőhelyeken. (Composition and diversity of ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in sub-Mediterranean habitats of Litér [In Hungarian with English abstract]). Folia Musei Historico-Naturalis Bakonyiensis - A Bakonyi Természettudományi Múzeum közleményei 25, 89-99. [pdf]

  Last modified: 02/02/2024