The type specimens were taken from the leaf litter samples by Berlese funnels.
Terayama (2009) - Resembles Monomorium triviale, in Japan, but distinguished by the shape of petiole and postpetiole, and blackish color in gaster.
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Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- zhinu. Monomorium zhinu Terayama, 2009: 155, fig. 213 (w.) TAIWAN.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
HL 0.35, HW 0.29, SL 0.22, WL 0.43, PL 0.11, PH 0.15, DPW 0.10, PPL 0.08, PPH 0.10, PPW 0.10, TL 1.2.
Head smooth and shining, 1.22 times as long as wide, with convex posterior margin. CI = 82, SI= 74, Eye 0.06 mm in diameter. Alitrunk smooth and shining, with weakly convex promesonotal dorsum; metanotal groove shallowly incised; propodeal dorsum convex, posterodorsal corner not forming an angle. Petiolar node triangular, with obtusely angulate dorsal margin and convex dorsal margin. Postpetiole higher than long. Gaster smooth and shining.
Color. Head, alitrunk and pedicel yellow; gaster blackish brown; antenna and legs yellow.
Holotype. Worker, Riyuetan, Nantou Pref., 28.vii.-2.viii.1988. Paratype. 1 w, same data as the holotype. NIAES.
The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Zhinu, which is the name of a Taiwanese goddess.