Tetramorium wardi

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Tetramorium wardi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. wardi
Binomial name
Tetramorium wardi
Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012

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Specimen Labels

The distribution of T. wardi appears to be restricted to the southwest and southeast of Madagascar, where it is generally found in spiny forest, thicket, or tropical dry forest habitats.

Identification

A member of the Tetramorium bessonii-species group

Tetramorium wardi can be clearly distinguished from the other members of the group by: head approximately as long as wide (CI 98 - 101); node squamiform and strongly anteroposteriorly compressed with anterodorsal margin situated higher than posterodorsal margin, dorsum tapering backwards posteriorly, in dorsal view strongly transverse (DPeI 267 - 333); and cephalic dorsum between frontal carinae with one strong median ruga and several weaker, irregular rugae at each side.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • wardi. Tetramorium wardi Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012: 28, figs. 6, 26-28 (w.) MADAGASCAR.

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

Description

Worker

HL 0.69 - 85 (76); HW 0.68 - 0.85 (076); SL 0.48 - 0.60 (0.54); EL 0.16 - 0.19 (0.18); PH 0.39 - 0.51 (0.45); PW 0.50 - 0.66 (0.59); WL 0.84 - 1.06 (0.98); PSL 0.19 - 0.26 (0.22); PTL 0.09 - 0.12 (0.10); PTH 0.30 - 0.39 (0.34); PTW 0.27 - 0.333 (0.31); PPL 0.21 - 0.26 (0.24); PPH 0.30 - 0.38 (0.35); PPW 26 - 35 (30); CI 98 - 101 (100); SI 68 - 74 (71); OI 22 - 24 (23); DMI 57 - 63 (61); LMI 43 - 49 (47); PSLI 27 - 31 (29); PeNI 48 - 54 (52); LPeI 26 - 35 (30); DPeI 267 - 333 (297); PpNI 63 -71 (66); LPpI 63 - 71 (68); DPpI 158- 174 (165); PPI 121 - 134 (128) (15 measured).

Head approximately as long as wide (CI 98 - 101). Anterior clypeal margin with distinct median impression. Frontal carinae well developed, ending shortly before posterior head margin. Antennal scrobes faint to absent, posterior and ventral margins never differentiated. Antennal scapes short, not reaching posterior head margin (SI 68 - 74). Eyes small to moderate (OI 22 - 24). Mesosomal outline in profile convex, dorsally transversely rounded, weakly to moderately marginate from lateral to dorsal mesosoma, promesonotal suture absent, metanotal groove weakly developed to absent; mesosoma comparatively stout (LMI 43 - 49). Propodeal spines elongate-triangular, long, and acute (PSLI 27 - 31). Propodeal lobes very small and broadly triangular. Petiolar node strongly squamiform and anteroposteriorly compressed, anterior and posterior faces not parallel, anterodorsal margin higher situated and better developed than weaker posterodorsal margin, dorsum tapering backwards posteriorly; node in dorsal view transverse, between 2.6 to 3.3 times wider than long (DPeI 267 - 333), in lateral view approximately 2.9 to 3.9 times higher than long (LPeI 26 - 35). Postpetiole in profile rounded and weakly anteroposteriorly compressed, approximately 1.4 to 1.5 times higher than long (LPpI 63 - 71), in dorsal view between 1.5 to 1.7 times wider than long (DPpI 158- 174). Postpetiole in profile more voluminous than petiolar node, in dorsal view approximately 1.2 to 1.3 times wider than petiolar node (PPI 121 - 134). Mandibles striate; clypeus always with strong median longitudinal ruga and one or two weaker rugae at each side; cephalic dorsum between frontal carinae with one well-developed longitudinal median ruga and several irregular longitudinal rugae laterally, rugae becoming weaker shortly after level of posterior eye margin fading out well before posterior head margin, median ruga of same length as frontal carinae and diverging approximately at eye level into two rugae running to posterior clypeal margin; lateral and ventral head mostly with irregular longitudinal rugulae, malar area reticulate-rugose; head with faint punctate ground sculpture. Mesosoma, waist segments, and gaster unsculptured, smooth and shiny; ground sculpture on mesosomal dorsum, waist segments, and gaster faint to absent, lateral mesosoma with moderate punctate ground sculpture ventrally and posteriorly. Head with few standing hairs, mesosoma, waist segments, and first gastral tergite without any standing hairs; head, mesosoma, petiole, postpetiole, and gaster with widely spaced very short pubescence. Colouration mostly of uniform brownish colour, often head, legs, and gaster of much darker brown than mesosoma and waist segments.

Type Material

Holotype worker, MADAGASCAR, Toliara, Forêt de Mahavelo, Isantoria River, 5.5 km 37° NE Ifotaka, 24.75361 S, 46.1515 E, 115 m, spiny forest/thicket, BLF5278, 31.I.2002 (B.L. Fisher et al.) (California Academy of Sciences: CASENT0475483). Paratypes, 18 workers with same data as holotype (The Natural History Museum: CASENT0475485; CASC: CASENT0475339; CASENT0475344; CASENT0475340; CASENT0475345; CASENT0475349; CASENT0475352; CASENT0475368; CASENT0475379; CASENT0475380; CASENT0475432; CASENT0475433; CASENT0475461; CASENT0475481; CASENT0475484; CASENT0475485; CASENT0475487; Museum of Comparative Zoology: CASENT0475462; Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel: CASENT0475386); and 27 workers from Toliara, Forêt de Mahavelo, Isantoria River, 24.75833 S, 46.15717 E, 110 m, spiny forest/thicket, collection codes BLF5238, BLF5281 & BLF5288, 28.I.-1.II.2002 (B.L. Fisher et al.) (CASENT0192249; CASENT0192251; CASENT0192252; CASENT0192256; CASENT0442862; CASENT0442863; CASENT0442864; CASENT0442865; CASENT0442867; CASENT0442868; CASENT0447647; CASENT0447648; CASENT0447649; CASENT0447650; CASENT0447651; CASENT0447652; Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève: CASENT0442866).

Etymology

The new species is dedicated to Phil S. Ward from Davis, California, U.S.A. We want to honour his lifetime dedication and significant contributions to ant systematics.

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