Tetraponera hirsuta

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Tetraponera hirsuta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
Genus: Tetraponera
Species: T. hirsuta
Binomial name
Tetraponera hirsuta
Ward, 2009

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Specimen Labels

Occurs sympatrically with T. grandidieri, T. hespera and Tetraponera merita. The only nest series is incomplete: one worker and one dealate queen from a rotting tree stump (BLF2008). Habits are assumed to be similar those of other species in the T. grandidieri group, but almost nothing is known about the biology of T. hirsuta. (Ward 2009)


Ward (2009) - A member of the Tetraponera grandidieri group. T. hirsuta can be distinguished from related species by the more conspicuous pilosity on the scapes and the tricolored body. The differences are slight but consistent, and they are maintained in sympatry with the otherwise similar species Tetraponera grandidieri and Tetraponera hespera.

Keys including this Species


This species appears to be endemic to the Manongarivo Massif. (Ward 2009)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (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.

  • hirsuta. Tetraponera hirsuta Ward, 2009: 296, figs. 13, 14, 25 (w.q.) MADAGASCAR.

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



n = 2. HW 1.19-1.34, HL 1.35-1.51, LHT 1.32-1.45, CI 0.88-0.89, FCl 0.15, REL 0.34, REL2 0.39, SI 0.73-0.76, FI 0.33-0.34, PLI 0.57, PWI 0.51-0.53.

Similar to T. grandidieri (q.v.). Basal margin of mandible lacking tooth; anterior clypeal margin broadly convex and crenulate, directed forward; metanotal spiracle visible in lateral view of mesosoma; dorsal face of propodeum broadly convex in posterior view; scape with conspicuous suberect and subdecumbent hairs; standing pilosity and appressed pubescence generally sparse elsewhere, although tending to be better developed than in other species in the grandidieri group; integument mostly sublucid, with fine coriarious/puncticulate sculpture; body tricolored: metasoma, appendages, and ventral margin of mesosoma orange, most of mesosoma reddish-brown, and head dark brownish black.

Type Material

Holotype worker. MADAGASCAR Antsiranana: R. S. Manongarivo, 10.8 km 229° SW Antanambao, 400 m, 13°57.7'S 48°26.0'E, 8.xi.1998, ex sifted litter, rainforest, B. L. Fisher#1996 (CASENT0170370) (California Academy of Sciences).

Paratypes. 1 worker, 1 dealate queen, same locality and date as holotype, ex rotting tree stump, rainforest (B. L. Fisher#2008; CASENT0170371); 1 worker, MADAGASCAR Antsiranana: R.S. Manongarivo, 12.8 km 228° SW Antanambao, 780 m, 11.xi.1998, ex sifted litter, rainforest (B. L. Fisher#1862; CASENT0170368) (CASC); 2 workers, MADAGASCAR Antsiranana: R.S. Manongarivo, 12.8 km 228° SW Antanambao, 780 m, 12.xi.1998, beating low vegetation, rainforest (B. L. Fisher#1888; CASENT0170369) (CASC).