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Species: Tetraponera aethiops   Smith, 1877 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Tetraponera aethiops Smith, 1877b PDF: 71 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Syntype: 1w, "S. Africa"; CASENT0902813; BMNH AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Santschi, 1911g PDF: 207 (m.); Forel, 1913c PDF: 352 (q.); Emery, 1912b PDF: 97 (l.); Wheeler & Bailey, 1920 PDF: 258 (l.); Wheeler, 1922: 116 (l.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1956 PDF: 392 (l.).
Combination in Sima: Emery, 1893m PDF: 53.
Combination in Pachysima: Wheeler, 1918c PDF: 305; Wheeler, 1922: 114.
Combination in Tetraponera: Ward, 1990 PDF: 487.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 19 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in rainforest, marsh clearing, 2 times found in swampy rainforest, 3 times found in disturbed rainforest, 2 times found in lowland rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times ex Barteria, 3 times on low vegetation, 1 times in live stems Barteria, 2 times ex Barteria tree, 2 times ex live stem of Barteria, 1 times ground forager(s), 1 times ex rotten log, 1 times ex live stem, 1 times ex Bartenia.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 6 times EC28 Malaise trap, 4 times ex Barteria, 1 times search, 1 times ex Barteria fistulosa, 2 times ex Barteria sp. short, 1 times ex Barteria sp. tall, 1 times Hand, 1 times pitfall trap, PF bucket, 1 times EC32 sweeping.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 950 meters, 469 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1892-03-23 and 2012-08-20

Type specimens: Holotype of Tetraponera aethiops: casent0902813; not part of a type series: casent0915523; syntype of Sima spininoda: casent0913718

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