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Species: Tetraponera ophthalmica   (Emery, 1912) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

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.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)
Afrotropical Region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda

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, 1 times found in park/garden, 2 times found in arboretum, 3 times found in station clearing, forest edge, 1 times found in Equatorial rainforest, 2 times found in rainforest canopy, 2 times found in 2∞ wet forest, 1 times found in coastal lowland rainforest, 1 times found in forêt, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times ex dead twig, 4.5 mm external diameter (1 mm internal diameter), 1 times ex dead twig, 1 times ex adjacent dead twigs of Maesa lanceolata (Myrsinaceae), 0 times dead twig Senna spectabilis, 2 times on low vegetation, 1 times on fallen tree trunk, 1 times elephant path, 0 times dead twig of Senna spectabilis, 1 times dead twig, 1 times stray workers, foraging on trunk of Trichilia and on adjacent viny shrub (with alternate leaves and two extrafloral nectaries at leaf base) times on low vegetation, ...

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 40 - 1600 meters, 809 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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