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Species: Technomyrmex vitiensis   Mann, 1921 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Technomyrmex albipes var. vitiensis Mann, 1921 PDF: 473 (w.) FIJI IS. Oceania. "Fiji Is., Viti Levu, Nadarivatu, coll. W.M. Mann." Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (MCZC). CASENT0234022. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of Technomyrmex rufescens: Bolton, 2007B PDF: 104.


   Species is introduced to: Afrotropical, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic bioregions.

Afrotropical Region: Kenya
Australasia Region: New Caledonia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Bangladesh, Borneo, Christmas Island, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sabah, Sulawesi, Sulawesi Utara, Thailand
Malagasy Region: Anjouan, Antsiranana, Comoros, Grande Comore, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mohéli, Reunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles, Toamasina
Nearctic Region: California
Neotropical Region: French Guiana
Oceania Region: Austral Islands, Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Macuata, Naitaisri, Naitasiri, Namosi, Niue, Niue Is., Rewa, Samoa, Society Islands, Vuda, Vunda
Palearctic Region: Belgium, Denmark, Hainaut, Hovedstaden, Netherlands, Oost-Vlaanderen, Switzerland, Zurich

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Arabuko Sukoke


Introduced species. Bolton (pers. comm., 21 March 2005) indicates that the species in California is in the albipes-complex, but is not albipes itself.


pest species (Dutch vernacular name: witvoetmier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Fernández, F. & Guerrero, R. J., 2008, Technomyrmex (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) in the New World: synopsis and description of a new species., Revista Colombiana de Entomologia 34, pp. 110-115

Technomyrmex vitiensis MannHNS, 1921

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Technomyrmex albipes vitiensis MannHNS, 1921:473 (w). Junior synonym of albipesHNS: Wilson and Taylor 1967:82.

Technomyrmex vitiensisHNS: Bolton 2007:104.

California, USA (Bolton 2007)

Tramp species potentially present in the New World

In the key to New World species of TechnomyrmexHNS presented below, Bolton (2007) added T. albipesHNS and T. pallipesHNS as two tramp species, inhabiting hothouses in the Palaearctic Region and potentially introduced to New World (as T. difficilisHNS and T. vitiensisHNS). We include pictures of both species.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 126 times found in primary rainforest, 101 times found in disturbed forest, 83 times found in secondary forest, 48 times found in coastal forest, 27 times found in Rainforest, 29 times found in dry forest, 27 times found in disturbed rainforest, 9 times found in urban garden, 10 times found in secondary thicket and diverse vegetation, 12 times found in coastal scrub, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 23 times on low vegetation, 19 times ex dead twig above ground, 5 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 5 times under tree bark, live tree, 4 times ex rotten log, 3 times nest in dead fern frond, 3 times ground forager(s), 3 times litter, 1 times foragers, 1 times on vegetation, foraging, 1 times ex dead branch above ground, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 13 times beating low vegetation, 6 times CDC light trap, 4 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 8 times M, 1 times 2 Maxi Winks, 4 times hand collection, 1 times search, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 trap, 0 times Manual catch, 2 times F, 1 times bait, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1187 meters, 265 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype: casent0249090; syntype: casent0234022; syntype of Technomyrmex albipes rufescens: casent0911581

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