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Species: Tetraponera clypeata   (Emery, 1886) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Sima clypeata Emery, 1886b PDF: 361, pl. 17, figs. 4, 5 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Syntypes: 3dq, Cape of Good Hope [as "Cap B. Sp."] (leg. Peringuey); 1dq (NHMV): CASENT0915850; MCSN, NHMV, SAMC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Emery, 1895i PDF: 24 (w.).
Combination in Sima (Tetraponera): Arnold, 1916 PDF: 182; in Tetraponera: Wheeler, 1922j PDF: 797.
Placement in molecular phylogeny: Chomicki et al., 2015 10.1098/rspb.2015.2200 PDF: Figure S1.

Taxon Page Images:

Tetraponera clypeata. Silvermine Nature Reserve, Table Mountain National Park, South Africa: 10 February 2017. Photo and collection by Philip Herbst


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: South Africa
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in spiny forest/thicket, 2 times found in fynbos, 2 times found in roadside, 2 times found in coastal fynbos, 1 times found in littoral vegetation.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 5 times ex dead thorn Acacia karoo, 2 times ex dead thorn of Acacia, 1 times ex dead stem Osteospermum, 2 times in stalks tenanted by Allodape bees, 2 times hollow twigs, 1 times ex dead twig, 1 times ex dead thorn on live branch of Acacia karroo, 1 times ex dead stem Restionaceae, 1 times ex dead stem of Osteospermum.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times direct collection.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 750 meters, 399 meters average

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011581; syntype of Sima clypeata: casent0915850; type of Tetraponera clypeata: casent0902816

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