Tapinolepis longitarsis

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Tapinolepis longitarsis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Plagiolepidini
Genus: Tapinolepis
Species: T. longitarsis
Binomial name
Tapinolepis longitarsis
(Collingwood & Agosti, 1996)

Several workers were taken by sweeping low herbage in Yemen but always singly and not in groups. Workers were often seen on the foliage of Leguminosae. Nests were not found. (Collingwood and Agosti, 1996)


A small, narrow-bodied species with large eyes and exceptionally long tarsi.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 18.173056° to 13.566667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • longitarsis. Anoplolepis longitarsis Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 362 (w.) YEMEN. Combination in Tapinolepis: Bolton, 2003: 268.

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



Holotype: TL 2.35; HL 0.65; HW 0.55; SL 0.60; EL 0.23; hind femur 0.85; hind tibia 0.86; hind tarsus 1.00.

Antennae with 11 segments, the first funiculus segment nearly equal to the second plus third. All funiculus segments elongate. The laid back scape over-reaches the occipital margin by about the length of the first funiculus segment. The hind tarsi are long, the segments together being longer than either the tibia or the femur. The propodeal spiracle is large and prominent. The petiole is an upright scale. The alitrunk dorsal profile is flat with the outline interrupted by the shallow mesopropodeal furrow. The maxillary palps are longer than the head. The body colour is uniformly brown with the legs becoming paler towards the tibiae and tarsi, the latter being yellowish. The body, legs and antennae are clothed with short adpressed pubescence.

Type Material

Holotype: worker, Suq al-Ahad, 26.III.l983, C.A. Collingwood. - Paratypes: Yemen: workers from: Bajil-Zabid, 15.III.1993; Bajil-Khamis Bani Sad, 16.III.1993; A. van Harten, C.A. Collingwood. Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Collingwood C.A., D.Agosti, M.R. Sharaf, and A. van Harten. 2011. Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae. Arthropod fauna of the UAE, 4: 405–474
  • El-Hawagry M. S., M. W. Khalil, M. R. Sharaf, H. H. Fadl, and A. S. Aldawood. 2013. A preliminary study on the insect fauna of Al-Baha Province, Saudi Arabia, with descriptions of two new species. ZooKeys 274: 1–88. doi:10.3897/zookeys.274.4529