Strumigenys tisiphone

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Strumigenys tisiphone
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. tisiphone
Binomial name
Strumigenys tisiphone
(Bolton, 2000)

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Specimen Labels

This is a rare species in Hong Kong, collected only within secondary forest but through a wide elevational range extending from 141 to 816 m (Tang et al., 2019).


Bolton (2000) - A member of the argiola complex in the Strumigenys argiola group. Closest related to Strumigenys hexamera but with only a single preapical tooth on the mandible, a narrower head, and a posterior mesonotum that does not overhang the metanotal groove.

Keys including this Species


The Hong Kong record confirms the distribution of S. tisiphone within China and represents the south-easternmost record for the species. The previous record in China is from Gutian, central Guangdong (24.2N, 116.6E) (Bolton 2000; Tang et al., 2019).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • tisiphone. Pyramica tisiphone Bolton, 2000: 390 (w.) CHINA. Combination in Strumigenys: Baroni Urbani & De Andrade, 2007: 129

Type Material

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype. TL 2.0, HL 0.50, HW 0.48, CI 96, ML 0.20, MI 40, SL 0.22, SI 46, PW 0.28, AL 0.53. Apicodorsal tooth of mandible elongate and spiniform. Mandible with a single minute preapical tooth, located very close to the apicodorsal tooth and may be difficult to see. Dorsal surface of mandible with 3 longitudinal rows of scale-like to spoon-shaped hairs; hairs of the inner row largest and sparsest, inclined into the space between the mandibles. Hairs on leading edge of scape curved toward apex of scape. Clypeus, cephalic dorsum and scape dorsum with orbicular hairs; on the head there is a small hairless patch on each side, mesad of the lateral margin in the area where the margins are most strongly divergent. CI < 100. Mesonotum in profile not bulging posteriorly over base of propodeum, not overhanging metanotal groove.