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Species: Tetramorium insolens   (Smith, 1861) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Myrmica insolens Smith, 1861b PDF: 47 (q.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Indomalaya. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype queen. Primary type locality: Indonesia: Men. (Menado (= Manado), Sulawesi) (A.R. Wallace). Primary type depository: OXUM. Primary type specimen: CASENT0235208. Type notes: The original description begins “Worker,” but this is a misprint as Smith mentions the presence of black ocelli. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Misspelled as insolen by Jaitrong & Nabhitabhata, 2005 PDF: 43.]
Junior synonym of Pheidole guineensis (Fabricius, 1793)?: Emery, 1901i PDF: 567.
Status as species: Mayr, 1863a PDF: 433; Smith, 1871a PDF: 326; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 110; Donisthorpe, 1932c PDF: 468; Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 126; Bolton, 1977 PDF: 99 (redescription); Bolton, 1979 PDF: 165 (redescription); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 79; Wang et al., 1988: 267; Bolton, 1995b: 409; Wu & Wang, 1995a: 83; Radchenko et al., 1998: 111; Czechowski et al., 2002 PDF: 68; Wetterer, 2002 PDF: 128; Blard et al., 2003 PDF: 132; Wetterer & Vargo, 2003 PDF: 416; Jaitrong & Nabhitabhata, 2005 PDF: 43; Ward, 2005 PDF: 68; Schlick-Steiner et al., 2006 PDF: 183; Wetterer, 2006 PDF: 415; Clouse, 2007b PDF: 255; Framenau & Thomas, 2008 PDF: 74; Boer, 2010: 68; Csosz et al., 2011 PDF: 57; Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2011 PDF: 22 (redescription); Pfeiffer et al., 2011 PDF: 54; Czechowski et al., 2012: 182; Guénard & Dunn, 2012 PDF: 56; Sarnat & Economo, 2012 PDF: 139; Sarnat et al., 2013 PDF: 72; Borowiec, 2014 PDF: 200; Jaitrong et al., 2016 PDF: 40; Steiner et al., 2017: 19; Werner et al., 2018 PDF: 7; Dias et al., 2020 10.3897/zookeys.967.54432 PDF: 94; Khachonpisitsak et al., 2020 10.3897/zookeys.998.54902 PDF: 132; Wang et al., 2022 10.20362/am.015006 PDF: 109.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Mauritius
    Americas: Mexico, United States
    Asia: Borneo, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand
    Europe: Hungary, Poland, Switzerland
    Oceania: American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions

Distribution Notes:

Hawaii Island


Introduced species. CA record: Bolton (1979: 168). Also UCDC.


(Dutch vernacular name: gele zaadmier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Tetramorium insolens   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: 165-168, (download) 165-168 6435
Tetramorium insolens   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: -1, (download) -1 21008

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 12 times found in primary rainforest, 10 times found in Rainforest, 6 times found in coastal forest, 6 times found in disturbed forest, 3 times found in secondary forest, 1 times found in on first rise near road, still plenty of Anoplolepis; collected for ~1hr., 1 times found in PB/ Maple syrup baiting;, 1 times found in forest, 2 times found in hothouse in zoo, 1 times found in incidental collections; anochetus from birdsnest fern, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 16 times malaise trap, 11 times sifted litter, 1 times nest in soil at base of sapling, 3 times 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 3 times litter, 1 times leaf gleaning on vegetation, 1 times nesting under bark of live tree, 2 times litter, weeded, 1 times incidental collections; anochetus from birdsnest fern, 1 times foraging on vegetation, 1 times on lava stone, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 25 times M, 15 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator, 11 times L, 6 times H, 4 times Winkler, 3 times hand collected, 4 times search, 1 times hand, 2 times hand collection, 1 times yellow pan traps, 2 times hand collected|aspirator, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 800 meters, 307 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1911-08-08 00:00:00.0 and 2022-05-08 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Tetramorium guineense macra: casent0915020; Holotype of Tetramorium insolens: casent0235208; Holotype of Tetramorium melanogyna pallidiventre: castype05027; Not Provided: casent0171138, casent0182798, casent0182808, casent0182810, casent0182814, casent0182821, casent0182826, casent0182831, casent0182833, casent0182842, casent0182843, casent0182846, casent0182850, casent0182852, casent0182864, casent0182867, casent0182900, casent0182907, casent0182909, casent0182916, casent0182930, casent0182934, casent0182942, casent0182946, casent0182952, casent0182956, casent0182958, casent0182960, casent0182967, casent0182968, casent0182977, casent0182980, casent0182982, casent0182985, casent0182994, casent0182997, casent0183017, casent0183033, casent0183038, casent0183044, casent0183091, casent0183129, casent0183141, casent0183164, casent0183167, casent0183183, casent0186661, casent0194574, casent0194587, casent0248794, casent0248795, casent0248796, casent0734564, casent0741765, casent0741783, casent0741784, casent0753023, casent0753024, casent0753032; syntype of Tetramorium guineense macra: casent0904838; syntypes of Tetramorium pacificum wilsoni: casent0234005

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