Tetramorium calinum

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Tetramorium calinum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. calinum
Binomial name
Tetramorium calinum
Bolton, 1980

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Specimen Labels

This species appears to prefer open places and dry sandy soils as a nesting site.


A member of the Tetramorium angulinode species group.

Bolton (1980) - Medium sized, it is closest related to Tetramorium legone, which nests in similar situations, but in T. legone the base of the first gastral tergite is strongly sculptured. Apart from T. legone all other known species of the group lack the blanketing reticulate-punctate sculpture which is so conspicuous in T. calinum.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Ghana (type locality), Ivory Coast.

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.

  • calinum. Tetramorium calinum Bolton, 1980: 239, figs. 15, 16 (w.) GHANA.

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



Holotype: TL 3-5, HL 0:82, HW 0:80, CI 97, SL 0-54, SI 68, PW 0-62, AL 0-94. Paratypes (6 measured): As holotype, with range of dimensions TL 3-5—3-7, HL 0-80—0-82, HW 0-78-0-80, CI 97-100, SL 0:52-0:54, SI 65-69, PW 0:62-0:64, AL 0-88-0-92.

Mandibles smooth and shining with scattered minute pits. Anterior clypeal margin with a slight median impression. Frontal carinae strongly developed, curving downwards posteriorly around the upper portion of the apex of the scrobe. Antennal scrobes broad and conspicuous, strongly defined dorsally by the frontal carinae but only weakly defined ventrally by a ruga running above the eye. Scrobe with a median longitudinal carina anteriorly which runs to the level of the posterior margin of the eye. Pronotal corners in dorsal view sharply angulate, the promesonotum virtually transversely flat, only feebly convex. Metanotal groove not impressed in profile. Propodeal spines long, stout and acute; metapleural lobes triangular. Node of petiole in profile massive, blocky and rectangular, slightly longer than high. In dorsal view the petiole node somewhat longer than broad but the postpetiole much broader than long. Scrobal area strongly reticulate-punctate. Dorsal surface of head and alitrunk irregularly longitudinally rugulose, the spaces between the rugulae completely filled by a dense, coarse and very conspicuous reticulate-puncturation. Dorsal surfaces of petiole and postpetiole more feebly and less regularly rugulose than the alitrunk but with the blanketing puncturation as strongly developed as on the alitrunk. Sides of pedicel segments conspicuously reticulate-punctate. Base of first gastral tergite unsculptured except for hair-pits. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous fine, short, acute hairs. Colour dark brown, the gaster black.

Paratypes: In some individuals there is a tendency for the propodeal spines to be slightly downcurved along their length, but this varies from series to series.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Ghana: Legon A/D., 30.iv.1970 (D. Leston) (The Natural History Museum). Paratypes: Six workers with same data as holotype (BMNH; Museum of Comparative Zoology; Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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