Tetramorium atlante

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Tetramorium atlante
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. atlante
Binomial name
Tetramorium atlante
Cagniant, 1970

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Specimen Labels

This North African species is relatively rarely encountered. Although Kairouan, Tunisia (the type locality) is placed only 70 m a.s.l. Cagniant (1970, 1997) noted than T. atlante prefers mountainous habitats. Its known localities are mostly between 1600 m (material examined by Borowiec et al. (2016)) to 2300 m (Haut Atlas). Ants were collected in agricultural habitat such as farmlands, pastures, and in scrubs, luminous forests, roadsides. Preference for mountain habitats differentiates T. atlante from Tetramorium semilaeve, which, according to Borowiec et al. (2015), prefers littoral habitats located usually below 700 m a.s.l. and only occasionally reach to the elevation of just over 1000 m a.s.l. (Borowiec et al. 2016).


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Morocco, Tunisia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • atlante. Tetramorium semilaeve subsp. atlantis Cagniant, 1970a: 430 (w.q.) TUNISIA.
    • [First available use of Tetramorium caespitum st. punicum var. atlantis Santschi, 1918c: 155; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • [Note: T. punicum var. atlantis Cagniant, 1964: 106; unavailable name (variety proposed after 1960).]
    • Borowiec, L., Galkowski & Salata, 2016: 46 (q.m.).
    • Subspecies of semilaeve: Bolton, 1995b: 404; Cagniant, 1997: 98; Cagniant, 2006a: 196.
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L., Galkowski & Salata, 2016: 44 (redescription).