Tetraponera clypeata

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Tetraponera clypeata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
Genus: Tetraponera
Species: T. clypeata
Binomial name
Tetraponera clypeata
(Emery, 1886)

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Specimen Labels


A member of the Tetraponera allaborans species-group.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

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.

  • clypeata. Sima clypeata Emery, 1886: 361, pl. 17, figs. 4, 5 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Emery, 1895h: 24 (w.); Emery, 1899c: 6 (l.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1956: 390 (l.). Combination in S. (Tetraponera): Arnold, 1916: 182; in Tetraponera: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 797.

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



  • Arnold, G. 1916. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part II. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 159-270 (page 182, Combination in S. (Tetraponera))
  • Emery, C. 1886b. Alcune formiche africane. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 18: 355-366 (page 361, pl. 17, figs. 4, 5 queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1895i. Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3e mémoire. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 64: 15-56 (page 24, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1899g. Intorno alle larve di alcune formiche. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5) 8: 3-10 (page 6, larva described)
  • Ward, P. S. 2006. The ant genus Tetraponera in the Afrotropical region: synopsis of species groups and revision of the T. ambigua-group. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecologische Nachrichten. 8:119-130.
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1956. The ant larvae of the subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 49: 374-398 (page 390, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. 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. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 797, Combination in Tetraponera)