Tetramorium peringueyi has been found nesting in sandy soils and in deep dolerite reddish soils. The nests normally have more than one entrance. They occur in open areas at the basal parts of plants, often with a crater of soil around the entrance. This species feeds on seeds and stores them inside the nest; seed stores have been recorded within 8 cm of the soil surface. In one of the samples collected, the larvae and alates were found at about 22 cm down. Pitfall trapping, sugar baiting and hand collecting have been used to collect this species. (Mbanyana et al. 2018)
Mbanyana et al. (2018) - Tetramorium peringueyi is morphologically similar to Tetramorium dichroum, Tetramorium margueriteae and Tetramorium brigitteae. They all have numerous simple, erect hairs covering the body. This species is separated from T. dichroum and T. brigitteae by the presence of erect hairs on the leading edges of the antennal scapes, whereas the other two species only have a sub-erect pubescence. Tetramorium peringueyi and T. margueriteae can be distinguished based the characters listed under T. margueriteae.
Keys including this Species
- Key to Afrotropical Tetramorium solidum species group
- Key to Afrotropical Tetramorium solidum species group (Outdated)
South Africa (Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape), Namibia and Botswana.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Known from grasslands, open Karoo, highland savanna, Kimberley Thornveld, Gariep Rocky Desert, and Gariep Plain Desert.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- peringueyi. Tetramorium peringueyi Arnold, 1926: 260 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. See also: Prins, 1973: 9; Bolton, 1980: 248.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Mbanyana et al. (2018) - (N = 17) HL 0.993–1.170 (1.096); HW 1.040–1.2719 (1.138); SL 0.777–0.885 (0.827); EL 0.216–0.263 (0.238); PH 0.462–0.639 (0.532); PW 0.649–0.767 (0.724); WL 1.050–1.249 (1.175); PSL 0.197–0.285 (0.238); PTH 0.354–0.433 (0.386); PTL 0.320–0.393 (0.356); PTW 0.344–0.460 (0.403); PPH 0.344–0.472 (0.400); PPL 0.256–0.393 (0.340); PPW 0.415–0.587 (0.492); OI 19–23 (21); CI 99–109 (104); SI 69–75 (73); DMI 57–65 (62); LMI 38–56 (45); PSLI 17–26 (22); PeNI 51–60 (56); LPeI 83–108 (92); DPeI 102–122 (113); PpNI 63–77 (68); LPpI 68–103 (85); DPpI 131–156 (145); PPI 118–128 (122).
Mbanyana et al. (2018) – Syntypes. 18 pinned workers, South Africa. Northern Cape, Kimberley, 1916, Power leg. (South African Museum: SAM-ENT-0011759, SAM-ENT-0011966; The Natural History Museum: CASENT0901179).
- Arnold, G. 1926. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Appendix. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 23: 191-295 (page 260, worker described)
- Bolton, B. 1980. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Ethiopian zoogeographical region. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 40: 193-384 (page 248, see also)
- Mbanyana, N., Hita Garcia, F., Robertson, H.G., Le Roux, J.J. 2018. A taxonomic revision of seed harvester ants of the Tetramorium solidum group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in southern Africa. European Journal of Taxonomy 454: 1–59 (DOI 10.5852/ejt.2018.454).
- Prins, A. J. 1973. African Formicidae (Hymenoptera) in the South African Museum. Description of four new species and notes on Tetramorium Mayr. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 62: 1-40 (page 9, see also)