Tetramorium parvum

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Tetramorium parvum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. parvum
Binomial name
Tetramorium parvum
Bolton, 1977

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Tetramorium parvum.


A member of the Tetramorium scabrosum-species group.

Bolton (1977) - This small species is a sibling of Tetramorium kraepelini, separated from it by the darker colour and weaker, more disorganized sculpture seen in parvum.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia (type locality), Malaysia.
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 New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • parvum. Tetramorium parvum Bolton, 1977: 117 (w.) INDONESIA (Java).

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



Holotype. TL 2.7, HL 0.60, HW 0.54, CI 90, SL 0.40, SI 74, PW 0.42, AL 0.72.

Mandibles striate, anterior clypeal margin arcuate and entire, with a narrow but quite conspicuous anterior apron or flange. Frontal carinae weakly developed, only slightly stronger than the cephalic longitudinal sculpture, but extending back well beyond the posterior margins of the eyes and forming the dorsal margins of the shallow but broad antennal scrobes. Maximum diameter of eye c. 0.16, about 0.29 x HW. Propodeal spines short, stout and straight, only slightly longer than the broad, triangular metapleural lobes. Peduncle of petiole downcurved, the node narrowing from base to apex in profile and with the dorsal surface about as long as the tergal portion of the node is high. In dorsal view the petiole node about as broad as long, slightly broader behind than in front. Dorsum of head with irregular, feeble longitudinal rugulae to the level of the posterior margins of the eyes but behind this cross-meshes become numerous and a reticulum is present on the occiput. Ground sculpture of superficial punctulation is quite conspicuous and on the whole the cephalic sculpture has a disorganized appearance. Dorsal alitrunk with a rugoreticulum, the components of which are low and blunted on the promesonotum. Petiole dorsally with weak but fairly conspicuous rugulae present, the postpetiole and gaster unsculptured. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous fine erect or suberect hairs. Antennal scapes with a spaced row of long hairs projecting dorsally and dorsal (outer) faces of hind tibiae with numerous stout erect or suberect hairs. Colour uniform blackish brown, the legs yellowish brown.

Paratype. As holotype but slightly lighter in colour, uniform dark brown, with measurements TL 2.6, HL 0.60, HW 0.56, CI 93, SL 0.40, SI 71, PW 0.42, AL 0.72. Maximum diameter of eye c. 0.16.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Java: Tjibodas, 23.x.73 (B. Bolton) (The Natural History Museum). Paratype. Java: 1 worker, Tjibodas, 1500 m, 8.vii.1920, Mus. Btzg. no. 30 (Museum of Comparative Zoology).