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Species: Tetraponera ophthalmica   (Emery, 1912) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Sima ophthalmica Emery, 1912b PDF: 98 (w.) CAMEROUN. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Tetraponera (Tetraponera): Emery, 1921c: 28; in Tetraponera: Wheeler, 1922: 107.
Senior synonym of Tetraponera nasuta, Tetraponera tenebrosa, Tetraponera unidens: Ward, 2006 PDF: 126.


Afrotropical Region: Africa, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Cameroon, Central, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eastern Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kabarole, Kakamega, Kenya, Kigoma, Middle Africa, Nigeria, Ogooué-Maritime, Pool, Sangha-Mbaéré, South, South-West, Tanzania, Uganda, Wakiso, Western Africa

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Kakamega Forest


Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Tetraponera ophthalmica   Santschi, F., 1928, Descriptions de nouvelles fourmis éthiopiennes (quatrième note)., Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 16, pp. 54-69: 54-69 54-69 3628
Tetraponera ophthalmica   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 107, (download) 107 20597

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 14 times found in rainforest, 10 times found in rainforest, marsh clearing, 3 times found in station clearing, forest edge, 2 times found in rainforest canopy, 2 times found in 2∞ wet forest, 1 times found in coastal lowland rainforest, 1 times found in Equatorial rainforest, 1 times found in forêt, 1 times found in Secondary-disturbed forest, 1 times found in arboretum.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times on low vegetation, 1 times on fallen tree trunk, 0 times forest canopy, 1 times ex dead twig, 4.5 mm external diameter (1 mm internal diameter), 1 times ex dead twig above ground, 1 times ex adjacent dead twigs of Maesa lanceolata (Myrsinaceae), 1 times elephant path, 0 times dead twig of Senna spectabilis, 1 times dead twig, 1 times stray workers.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 12 times EC28 Malaise trap, 9 times EC32 sweeping, 2 times hand collecting, 2 times Nest in twig above ground, 1 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 0 times Malaise trap, 1 times sweep.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1600 meters, 730 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Sima ophthalmica: casent0915535; syntype of Tetraponera nasuta: casent0913721; syntype of Tetraponera ophthalmica angolensis: casent0915537; syntype of Tetraponera ophthalmica tenebrosa: rmcaent000017748; syntype of Tetraponera ophthalmica unidens: rmcaent000017747; syntype of Tetraponera opthalmica: casent0904035

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