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Species: Tetramorium tonganum   Mayr, 1870 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Tetramorium tonganum Mayr, 1870b PDF: 976 (w.) TONGA. Oceania. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Senior synonym of Tetramorium magitae: Bolton, 1977 PDF: 129.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists) Species is native to: Indomalaya, Oceania bioregions (based on species list records).

Australasia Region: New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Nearctic Region: United States
Oceania Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna
Palearctic Region: China, Japan

Distribution Notes:

Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and some Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 20 times found in disturbed forest, 14 times found in secondary forest, 12 times found in primary rainforest, 5 times found in secondary rainforest, 1 times found in rain forest, 2 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in forest edge, 1 times found in Ngaremlengui aspirated from moss/epiphyte layer on betelnut trees near Ngarameskang, 2 times found in Port of entry, 1 times found in Pandanus & Casaurina forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 23 times sifted litter, 24 times malaise trap, 1 times nesting under bark, 1 times on pavement, 2 times on coconuts (in cargo), 1 times nesting in log, 2 times foraging on vegetation, 1 times under bark, 1 times litter sifting, 1 times ex. soil, leaf itter, decaying wood.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 33 times M, 23 times L, 8 times H, 1 times m2 Winkler sifting, 2 times winkler, 1 times aspriated, 1 times Random coll. Winkler sifting, 1 times sugar, 1 times winkler going down trail from peak of delaco, 1 times davis-sifting; incidental aspirated, 1 times hand, ...

Elevations: collected from 10 - 875 meters, 359 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Tetramorium tonganum: casent0916043; syntype of Tetramorium magitae: casent0909171

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