Tapinoma madeirense

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Tapinoma madeirense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. madeirense
Binomial name
Tapinoma madeirense
Forel, 1895

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Specimen Labels


This species was known as T. ambiguum Emery, 1925 for many years and was recently synonymised with T. madeirense by Wetterer et al. (2007). At present it seems widespread in central and southern Europe (Rigato & Toni, 2011).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (type locality), Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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.

  • madeirense. Tapinoma erraticum var. madeirense Forel, 1895d: 231 (w.) PORTUGAL (Madeira I.). Emery, 1925d: 56 (q.). Raised to species and senior synonym of ambiguum: Wetterer, Espadaler, et al. 2007: 24. See also: Seifert, 2012a: 142.
  • ambiguum. Tapinoma erraticum subsp. ambiguum Emery, 1925d: 57, fig. 9 (w.q.m.) FRANCE. Junior synonym of erraticum: Baroni Urbani, 1964b: 55. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Kutter, 1977c: 181; Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 547; Seifert, 1984a: 151. Junior synonym of madeirense: Wetterer, Espadaler, et al. 2007: 24.

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


Type Material

Seifert (2012) - Letotype gyne (published in Wetterer et al. 2007) on a pin together with two gynes (one without head) labelled "Typus" [red label], "Tapinoma erraticum Latr. var. madeirense Forel, Ribeira Brava, Madeira", "Coll A.Forel" and "Topmost gyne LECTOTYPE". Further eight pins with 12 paralectotype gynes and 16 paralectotype workers from Madeira. All material in Muséum d' Histoire Naturelle Geneve.


  • Berville, L., Hefetz, A., Espadaler, X., Lenoir, A., Renucci, M., Blight, O. & Provot, E. 2013. Differentiation of the ant genus Tapinoma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Mediterranean Basin by species-specific hydrocarbon profiles. Myrmecological News. 18:77-92.
  • Borowiec, L. and Salata, S. 2013. Ants of Greece – additions and corrections (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw). 24:335-401.
  • Rigato, F.; Toni, I. 2011. Short notes 21. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Pp. 873-882 in: Nardi, G.; Whitmore, D.; Bardiani, M.; Birtele, D.; Mason, F.; Spada, L.; Cerretti, P. (eds.) 2011. Biodiversity of Marganai and Montimannu (Sardinia). Research in the framework of the ICP Forests network. Conservazione Habitat Invertebrati, 5. Sommacampagna, Verona: Cierre Edizioni, 896 pp.
  • Seifert, B. 2012a. Clarifying naming and identification of the outdoor species of the ant genus Tapinoma Förster, 1850 in Europe north of the Mediterranean region with description of a new species. Myrmecological News. 16:139-147.