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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Ireneella
Donisthorpe, 1941
Type species
Ireneella papuensis (junior synonym of Tetramorium melleum)

Rhoptromyrmex melleus casent0172460 profile 1.jpg

Rhoptromyrmex melleus casent0172460 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Tetramorium.


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

  • IRENEELLA [junior synonym of Tetramorium]
    • Ireneella Donisthorpe, 1941i: 175. Type-species: Ireneella papuensis (junior synonym of Tetramorium melleum), by original designation.
    • Ireneella junior synonym of Rhoptromyrmex: Bolton, 1976: 298; Bolton, 1986a: 2.


  • 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 298, Ireneella as junior synonym of Rhoptromyrmex)
  • Bolton, B. 1986a. A taxonomic and biological review of the tetramoriine ant genus Rhoptromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 11: 1-17 (page 2, Ireneella as junior synonym of Rhoptromyrmex)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 225, Ireneella as junior synonym of Rhoptromyrmex)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1941j. A new genus and species of Formicidae (Hym.) from Papua. Entomol. Mon. Mag. 77: 175 (page 175, Ireneella in Myrmicinae, Tetramoriini)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 653, Ireneella in Myrmicinae, Tetramoriini)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1985b. A simplified conspectus of the Formicidae. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 111: 255-264 (page 259, Ireneella incertae sedis in Formicidae (incomprehensible entry))