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Species: Tetramorium schaufussii   Forel, 1891 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Tetramorium schaufussii Forel, 1891c PDF: 158 (w.) MADAGASCAR. Malagasy. Primary type information: MADAGASCAR, Central Madagascar, coll. C. Schaufuss; CASENT0101697; MHNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1892o: 263 (q.).


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Madagascar, Reunion
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Bolton, B., 1979, The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Malagasy region and in the New World., Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 38, pp. 129-181

Tetramorium schaufussi ForelHNS

Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) schaufussi ForelHNS, 1891 a: 158. Holotype worker, Madagascar: central province (C. Schaufuss) (MHN, Geneva) [examined].

Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) nassonowii ForelHNS, 1892: 521. Syntype workers, Madagascar: Foret d'Andrangoloaka (Sikora) (MHN, Geneva) [examined]. Syn. n.

Worker. TL 3.3 - 40, HL 0.78 - 0.98, HW 0.70 - 0.86, CI 87 - 90, SL 0.54 - 0.64, SI 73 - 77, PW 0.52 - 0.66, AL 0.98 - 1.10 (7 measured).

Mandibles smooth with scattered small pits. Median clypeal carina poorly developed or absent. If the former then the carina is no stronger than the remaining clypeal sculpture and cannot be distinguished from it. Frontal carinae extended back behind level of eyes but only weakly developed, the scrobes broad, shallow and poorly defined. Propodeal spines short, triangular, usually shorter than the broadly triangular metapleural lobes, more rarely about as long as the lobes. Head with fine longitudinal rugulae dorsally, the dorsal alitrunk predominantly longitudinally rugose but with some reticulation usually on the anterior pronotum and the propodeum. Pedicel and gaster unsculptured, smooth and shining. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous fine hairs, erect to suberect.

T. schaufussiHNS and sikoraeHNS form a close species-pair within the schaufussi-group and in general have a very similar appearance. They both belong to the sikorae-complex of species, characterized by the presence of hairs on the first gastral tergite, and this complex also includes xanthogasterHNS which is easily separated (see under sikoraeHNS). T. sikoraeHNS and schaufussiHNS are best separated by their pilosity as on the dorsal promesonotum pilosity in sikoraeHNS is sparse, restricted to some 2 - 3 pairs (rarely 4) situated on the margins anteriorly and laterally, whereas in schaufussiHNS the promesonotum has numerous hairs which arise all over the surface.

Material examined

Madagascar: no loc. (Staudinger); no. loc (Sikora).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 143 times found in montane rainforest, 20 times found in rainforest, 2 times found in transition humid forest, 1 times found in tropical dry forest, 1 times found in disturbed montane rainforest, 1 times found in mnotane rainforest, 1 times found in disturbed rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 93 times ex rotten log, 16 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times ex root mat, ground layer, 4 times canopy moss and leaf litter, 4 times ex dead twig above ground, 4 times under moss, above ground, 5 times on low vegetation, 5 times ex. log, 3 times ex dead branch above ground, 1 times ex dead bamboo above ground, 1 times under stone, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 8 times MW 50 sample transect, 5m, 4 times MW 25 sample transect, 5m, 3 times pitfall trap, PF 50 traps, 11 cm dbh with water, soap, formalin, nonlinear placement, 3 times Beat 25 sample transect, 10m, beating low vegetation, 2 times yellow pan trap, 1 times 10 Maxi Winks, 2 times 10 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times beating low vegetation, 1 times GC, 1 times yellow pan trap, YP 25 trap transect, 1 times general collecting, ...

Elevations: collected from 210 - 1875 meters, 1293 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype: casent0101697

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