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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tricytarus
Donisthorpe, 1947
Type species
Tricytarus parviumgulatus, now Meranoplus parviumgulatus

This genus is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Meranoplus.


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

  • TRICYTARUS [junior synonym of Meranoplus]
    • Tricytarus Donisthorpe, 1947d: 187. Type-species: Tricytarus parviumgulatus, by original designation.
    • Tricytarus unidenifiable taxon. Male-based genus, description inadequate. Type-material not present in California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, U.S.A., nor in The Natural History Museum, London, U.K., presumed lost: Bolton, 2003: 254.
    • Tricytarus junior synonym of Meranoplus: Boudinot, 2014: 96.

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

Male. Mandibles very short, sharply pointed. Antennae 13-jointed; maxillary palpi 5-jointed; labial palpi 3-jointed; ocelli situated on occiput of head. Mayrian furrows well marked; epinotum armed with two tubercles. Petiole long and narrow. No spurs to tibiae present; claws very small. One discoidal cell, one cubital cell, and closed radial cell present.