Tetramorium obtusidens

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Tetramorium obtusidens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. obtusidens
Binomial name
Tetramorium obtusidens
Viehmeyer, 1916

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Specimen Labels

A specimen was collected from a deciduous forest. Heterick & Kitching (2022) collected this species on tree trunks within a lowland dipterocarp forest in Brunei.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 21.68333333° to -7.966667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: China.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • obtusidens. Tetramorium obtusidens Viehmeyer, 1916a: 138, fig. 6 (w.) SINGAPORE. See also: Bolton, 1977: 101; Bolton, 1979: 178.

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



Bolton (1979) - TL 2.4-2.7, HL 0.58-0.64, HW 0.49-0.54, CI 81-85, SL 0.38-0.42, SI 77-80, PW 0.34-0.38, AL 0.68-0.74 (8 measured).

With the general characters of the complex and of the bicarinatum-group to which it belongs, but with additional characters as follows. Frontal carinae less strongly developed than in Tetramorium adelphon or Tetramorium kydelphon, extending back beyond level of eye but weak, scarcely stronger than other cephalic rugulae. Maximum diameter of eye 0'12-0'14, about 0·25-0'27 x HW. Petiole node in dorsal view as broad or slightly broader than long. Dorsum of head irregularly longitudinally rugulose, with a reticulum occipitally. Dorsal alitrunk reticulate-rugulose but without a raised transverse carina at the promesonotal junction. Petiole dorsum with sparse rugulae, postpetiole dorsally with fine superficial punctulation, at most with only one or two very feeble longitudinal marks. Pilosity on dorsal surfaces of head and body much denser than in adelphon or kydelphon, the individual hairs finer and more flexuous than in those species. Colour pale yellow.

Type Material

Bolton (1977) - Syntype females, Singapore: Jurong Road (H. Overbeck) (Berlin Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität) [examined].


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.
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  • Xu F. F., and J. Chen. 2009. Comparison of the Differences in Response to the Change of the Extrafloral Nectar-ant-herbivore Interaction System Between a Native and an Introduced Passiflora Species. Acta Botanica Yunnanica 31(6): 543-550.
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