Key to Tetramorium of the southwestern Australian Botanical Province

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This worker key is based on: Heterick, B. E. 2009b. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 2 PDF

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  • Anterior margin of clypeus entire (Figure 691); smaller species (TL ≈ 2 - 2.5 mm) . . . . . . Tetramorium simillimum
Figure 691.
  • Anterior margin of clypeus notched (Figure 692); larger species (TL ≈ 3.5 - 4.5 mm) . . . . . . Tetramorium bicarinatum
Figure 692.

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  • Dorsum of petiole and postpetiole smooth and shining, almost devoid of sculpture (black species) . . . . . . Tetramorium sp. JDM 522
  • At least one of the nodes with distinct sculpture (species with some colour) . . . . . 4

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  • Propodeum unarmed or with vestigial denticles at posterior angles . . . . . . Tetramorium sp. JDM 515
  • Propodeum armed with moderately stout spines . . . . . 5

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  • In profile, mesosoma smoothly curved, without a hint of a metanotal groove (Figure 693a); dorsum of petiolar node large and triangular in cross section (Figure 693b) . . . . . Tetramorium sp. JDM 1007
Figure 693a.
Figure 693b.
  • In profile, promesonotum gradually declining towards propodeum, not smoothly rounded (Figure 694); metanotal groove usually indicated by shallow depression or lateral indentations; dorsum of petiolar node smaller and rectangular in cross-section (e.g. Figure 695) . . . . . 6
Figure 694.
Figure 695.

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  • Antennal scrobes distinctly continuing to or close to vertex of head, sculpture within scrobes often reduced to fine punctuation with longitudinal rugulae absent or vestigial (Figure 696) . . . . . 7
Figure 696.
  • Antennal scrobes not continuing beyond eye, often indistinct; sculpture within scrobes mostly similar to rest of vertex with longitudinal rugulae distinct (Figure 697) . . . . . 10
Figure 697.

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  • Eye very large (ocular diameter > 0.3 x HW); eye situated behind midpoint of head (Figure 698) . . . . . . Tetramorium megalops
Figure 698.
  • Eye smaller (ocular diameter < 0.3 x HW); eye situated at or close to midlength of head capsule (Figure 699) . . . . . 8
Figure 699.

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  • Brown species . . . . . . Tetramorium sp. JDM 884
  • Concolorous orange, or orange with darker head capsule . . . . . 9

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  • Clypeus not transversely concave or with median notch; viewed from above, dorsum of node trapezoid in shape (Figure 700), the anterior margin shorter than the posterior margin, and the dorsal surface distinctly longer than broad; base of gaster usually sculptured with fine, parallel, longitudinal striolae or finely microreticulate . . . . . . Tetramorium striolatum
Figure 700.
  • Clypeus transversely concave or with median notch; viewed from above, dorsum of node square, about as wide as long (Figure 701); base of gaster either smooth and shining or with faint, superficial microreticulation . . . . . . Tetramorium viehmeyeri
Figure 701.

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  • Postpetiolar dorsum smooth and shining; head, mesosoma and nodes reddish-orange, gaster and appendages yellow . . . . . . Tetramorium sp. JDM 1072
  • Postpetiolar dorsum sculptured; often bicoloured black- or brown-and-yellow, or reddishbrown-and-orange, in light coloured forms coxae nearly always darker than mesosoma (possibly two or more species involved here) . . . . . . Tetramorium impressum