Tetramorium isipingense

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Tetramorium isipingense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. isipingense
Binomial name
Tetramorium isipingense
Forel, 1914

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Tetramorium isipingense.

Identification

Bolton (1980) - Of the five species included in the dumezi-complex of this group only T. isipingense and Tetramorium candidum have standing pubescence on the outer surfaces of the hind tibiae. They are easily separated as the gaster in T. candidum is smooth and unsculptured whilst the gaster in T. isipingense is densely punctulate.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • isipingense. Tetramorium simillimum r. isipingense Forel, 1914d: 225 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Raised to species: Bolton, 1980: 347.

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

Description

Worker

Bolton (1980) - TL 3.2-3.3, HL 0.72-0.74, HW 0.60-0.62, CI 81-84, SL 0.47-0.50, SI 78-81, PW 0.44-0.48, AL 0.88-0.90 (3 measured).

Mandibles smooth and shining with scattered minute pits. Anterior clypeal margin entire, without trace of a median notch. Median clypeal carina strong posteriorly but tending to fade out on anterior half and usually failing to reach the anterior margin; one or two pairs of weak lateral carinae also present on median portion of clypeus. Frontal carinae narrow and fine but quite sharply defined, extending back almost to occipital margin without interruption. Maximum diameter of eye 0.15-0.16, about 0.25-0.27 x HW and with 8-9 ommatidia in the longest row. Head in full-face view with the sides approximately parallel and more or less straight, not evenly convex. Propodeum armed with a pair of minute tubercles or denticles, the metapleural lobes acutely triangular and very much larger than the tiny propodeal armament. Petiole in profile with the dorsal length less than the height of the tergal portion, the posterodorsal angle much broader and more smoothly rounded than the anterodorsal and the sides slightly convergent from base to apex so that the node is narrower above than below. In dorsal view the petiole node subglobular, slightly broader than long. Dorsum of head finely and weakly longitudinally rugulose, with a few anastomoses on the occiput but without a reticulum. Ground-sculpture very feeble, at most a faint glossy superficial patterning. Dorsal alitrunk with faint but quite dense irregular rugulation and a superficial very feebly shagreened ground-sculpture, glossy. Petiole and postpetiole both more or less smooth in places and with patchy vestiges of very feeble ground-sculpture; the former also with a few faint rugulae. First gastral tergite everywhere finely and densely punctulate, more distinct basally than apically but nearly everywhere with narrow shining areas between each minute puncture. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with fine acute hairs, mostly quite short but the longest of those on the pronotum equal to or greater than the maximum diameter of the eye. Dorsal (outer) surfaces of middle and hind tibiae with short erect or suberect pubescence, and leading edges of scapes with similar pubescence. Colour uniform clear pale yellow.

Type Material

Bolton (1980) - Syntype workers, SOUTH AFRICA: Natal, Isipinga, 19.iii.1914, no. 303 (W. B. Marley) (The Natural History Museum; Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe) [examined].

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1917. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part III. Myrmicinae. Annals of the South African Museum. 14: 271-402.
  • Forel A. 1914. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 50: 211-288.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004