Tetramorium eleates

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Tetramorium eleates
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. eleates
Binomial name
Tetramorium eleates
Forel, 1913

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Specimen Labels

Collection records show specimens have been found in rainforest and palm forest litter samples.


Bolton (1977) - A medium-sized reddish brown species, the closest known related species are undoubtedly the Thailand Tetramorium flavipes and the Indian Tetramorium belgaense. Further collections may show that the rather weak characters separating eleates and flavipes are not consistent.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 14.68937705° to -6.9196°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), Philippines.
Oriental Region: Thailand.

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.

  • eleates. Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) tortuosum var. eleates Forel, 1913k: 82 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Imai, Brown, et al. 1984: 68 (k.). Raised to species: Bolton, 1977: 79.

Type Material

Bolton (1977) - Syntype workers, females, Sumatra: Bah Boelian (Buttel-Reepen) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève) [examined]. Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Bolton (1977) - TL 2.7-3.8, HL 0.72-0.84, HW 0.68-0.78, CI 90-95, SL 0.54-0.62, SI 79-83, PW 0.56-0.66, AL 0.86-0.96 (10 measured).

Mandibles striate. Frontal carinae strongly developed, long, extending back almost to the occipital margin and forming the upper margin of a scrobe which will accommodate the scape. Alitrunk in dorsal view with strongly angulate pronotal corners. Propodeum armed with a pair of stout spines, the metapleural lobes dentiform and acute. Petiole node in profile roughly rectangular, slightly higher than long and shallowly convex dorsally, distinctly more massive than the postpetiole, the node of which is low and rounded. In dorsal view the petiole longer than broad, the post petiole subglobular, only slightly broader than long. Dorsal surfaces of head and ali trunk reticulate-rugose, on the head the longitudinal component more pronounced than the cross-meshes. Sides and dorsum of petiole rugulose, the sides distinctly more heavily sculptured than the dorsum. Sides of postpetiole usually unsculptured, rarely with one or two fine, longitudinal rugulae, the dorsum always smooth and shining. Gaster unsculptured. Simple erect hairs numerous on all dorsal surfaces.


  • 2n = 28 (Malaysia) (Imai et al., 1983).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B. 1977. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions, and in Australia. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 36:67-151.
  • Bolton, B. "The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicinae. The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions and in Australia." Bulletin of the British Museum (National History): Entomology series 36, no. 2 (1977): 68-151.
  • Chapman, J. W., and Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monogr. Inst. Sci. Technol. Manila 1: 1-327
  • Helms J. A., S. M. Helms, N. I. Fawzi, Tarjudin, F. Xaverius. 2017. Ant community of an Acacia mangium forest in Indonesian Borneo. Serangga 22(1): 147-159.
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  • Jaitrong W.; Nabhitabhata, J. 2005. A list of known ant species of Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 1(1): 9-54.
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  • Trainor C.R., and A.N. Andersen. 2010. The ant fauna of Timor and neighbouring islands: potential bridges between the disjunct faunas of South East Asia and Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 58: 133-144.