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Species: Tapinoma erraticum   (Latreille, 1798) 

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Tapinoma erraticum platyops

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Formica erratica Latreille, 1798 PDF: 44 (w.q.m.) FRANCE. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Tapinoma: Smith, 1855a PDF: 111.
Senior synonym of Tapinoma erraticum atomum: Roger, 1863b: 13; Mayr, 1865: 62; Emery, 1925d: 53.
of Tapinoma breve, Tapinoma tauridis and Tapinoma transcaucasica: Dlussky et al., 1990 PDF: 169; of Tapinoma bononiensis: Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 192.
Current subspecies: nominal plus Tapinoma erraticum atomum, Tapinoma erraticum platyops.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Morocco
    Asia: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
    Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Throughout SLO


Mostly dry open habitats


(Dutch vernacular name: mergeldraaigatje)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Tapinoma erraticum   Paknia, O., Radchenko, A. & Alipanah, H., 2008, A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Iran., Myrmecologische Nachrichten 11, pp. 151-159: 155, (download) 155 21820
Tapinoma erraticum   Forel, A., 1904, Note sur les fourmis du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences à St. Pétersbourg., Yezhegodnik Zoologicheskogo Muzeya Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk 8, pp. 368-388: 9, (download) 9 3994
Tapinoma erraticum   Forel, A., 1910, Glanures myrmecologiques., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 54, pp. 6-32: 3-4, (download) 3-4 4022
Tapinoma erraticum   Forel, A., 1890, Fourmis de Tunisie et de l'Algérie orientale., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique, Comptes-rendus des Seances 34, pp. 61-76: 68, (download) 68 3926
Tapinoma erraticum   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 35-36, (download) 35-36 6175
Tapinoma erraticum   Forel, A., 1910, Glanures myrmecologiques., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 54, pp. 6-32: 8, (download) 8 4022

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 154 times found in Unknown, 34 times found in Rocks (rocky-calcareous grasslands), 6 times found in dry grassland, 5 times found in heathlands, 3 times found in deciduous forest, 3 times found in oak forest, 3 times found in Ruderal, 3 times found in pine forest and roadsides, 2 times found in open, 2 times found in Meadow, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 18 times under stone, 7 times on rocks, 7 times Foraging, 6 times Nest under stone, 4 times nbp, 3 times on the ground, 3 times on ground, 3 times ground foragers, 1 times on branch, 1 times om limestone rocks, 1 times in soil (-5-0 cm), ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 39 times Pitfall trap, 33 times Manual catch, 30 times Hand, 19 times search, 2 times pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 2 - 1700 meters, 616 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Tapinoma erraticum bononiensis: antweb1041292; Lectotype of Tapinoma tauridis: antweb1038038; neotype of Tapinoma erraticum: antweb1008468; syntype: antweb1008478; syntype of Tapinoma nigerrimoerraticum: casent0909763; syntype of Tapinoma tauridis transcaucasica: casent0917136, casent0917137; syntype of Tapinoma breve: casent0904020; syntype of Tapinoma erraticum bononiensis: casent0904022; syntype of Tapinoma tauridis: casent0904021; type of Tapinoma erraticum: casent0903076

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