Tetramorium melleum

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Tetramorium melleum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. melleum
Binomial name
Tetramorium melleum
Emery, 1897

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia.
Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • melleum. Tetramorium melleum Emery, 1897c: 586, pl. 15, figs. 29, 30 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Brown, 1964c: 13. Combination in Rhoptromyrmex: Emery, 1924d: 290; in Tetramorium: Ward et al., 2014: 15. Senior synonym of papuensis: Bolton, 1976: 302. See also: Bolton, 1986a: 14.
  • papuensis. Ireneella papuensis Donisthorpe, 1941i: 175 (m.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of melleus: Bolton, 1976: 302.

Type Material



  • Bolton, B. 1976. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Constituent genera, review of smaller genera and revision of Triglyphothrix Forel. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 34: 281-379 (page 302, Senior synonym of papuensis)
  • Bolton, B. 1986a. A taxonomic and biological review of the tetramoriine ant genus Rhoptromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 11: 1-17 (page 14, see also)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1964g. Rhoptromyrmex melleus, brief characterization of. Pilot Regist. Zool. Card No. 13. (page 13, ?)
  • Emery, C. 1897c. Formicidarum species novae vel minus cognitae in collectione Musaei Nationalis Hungarici quas in Nova-Guinea, colonia germanica, collegit L. Biró. Természetr. Füz. 20: 571-599 PDF (page 586, pl. 15, figs. 29, 30 worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1924f [1922]. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [concl.]. Genera Insectorum 174C: 207-397 (page 290, Combination in Rhoptromyrmex)
  • Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. 2014. The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/syen.12090.