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Species: Tetramorium sericeiventre   Emery, 1877 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Tetramorium sericeiventre Emery, 1877c: 370 (w.) ERITREA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: 2 syntype workers. Primary type locality: Eritrea: Sciotel (O. Beccari). Primary type depositories: MHNG, MSNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: André, 1884f: 539; André, 1885d PDF: 851; Emery, 1891c: 4; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 134; Emery, 1895i PDF: 37; Emery, 1896i PDF: 158; Forel, 1905e PDF: 174; Emery, 1909f PDF: 697; Forel, 1910c PDF: 261; Forel, 1911g PDF: 266; Karavaiev, 1911b PDF: 8; Forel, 1913b PDF: 319; Santschi, 1914b PDF: 101; Santschi, 1914d PDF: 366; Arnold, 1917 PDF: 294; Santschi, 1918b PDF: 123 (in key); Wheeler, 1922: 191, 900, 1030; Emery, 1924f PDF: 282; Arnold, 1926 PDF: 247; Menozzi, 1930b PDF: 110; Finzi, 1939a PDF: 159; Weber, 1943d PDF: 322; Menozzi & Consani, 1952 PDF: 67; Bernard, 1953b PDF: 247; Bolton, 1976 PDF: 363; Bolton, 1979 PDF: 155; Bolton, 1980 PDF: 332 (redescription); Collingwood, 1985 PDF: 265; Marsh, 1986b PDF: 338; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996 PDF: 335; Cagniant, 1997: 91; Cagniant, 2006 PDF: 196; Collingwood et al., 2011 PDF: 443; Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2011 PDF: 34 (redescription); Sharaf et al., 2012 10.1371/journal.pone.0030811 PDF: 8 (in key); Hita Garcia et al., 2013 PDF: 218; Sharaf et al., 2013 PDF: 576; Borowiec, 2014 PDF: 204; Madl, 2019 PDF: 16; Al-Keridis et al., 2021 10.1080/00222933.2021.1899325 PDF: 178; Sharaf et al., 2022 10.5852/ejt.2022.838.1925 PDF: 79.

Taxon Page Images:

Tetramorium sericeiventre: pic 1: worker; pic 2: dealate queen. Intaka Island, Cape Town, South Africa; 6 January 2017. Photos and collections © Philip Herbst.

Pic 3 below: pale variety from Geelkrans Nature Reserve, Stilbaai, Western Cape

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ile du Lys, Ivory Coast, Juan de Nova Island, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Americas: Ecuador, United States
    Asia: Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Palearctic

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Bolton 1980


Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Tetramorium sericeiventre   Forel, A., 1905, Miscellanea myrmicologiques, II (1905)., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 49, pp. 155-185: 174, (download) 174 4001
Tetramorium sericeiventre   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: -1, (download) -1 6435
Tetramorium sericeiventre   Santschi, F., 1914, Formicidae., Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale (1911 - 1912). Résultats scientifiques. Hyménoptères 2, pp. 41-148: 101, (download) 101 8111
Tetramorium sericeiventre   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: 191, (download) 191 20597
Tetramorium sericeiventre   Emery, C., 1895, Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3 e mémoire. Formicides., Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 64, pp. 15-56: 23, (download) 23 3788
Tetramorium sericeiventre n. sp.  Emery, C., 1877, Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte prima. Formiche provenienti dall Viaggio dei signori Antinori, Beccari e Issel nel Mar Rosso e nel paese de, Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria (Genova) 9, pp. 363-381: 370, (download) 370 3735

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 59 times found in Grassland, 65 times found in urban/garden, 49 times found in Lowland coastal, coraline island, 14 times found in tropical dry forest, 14 times found in Uapaca woodland, 13 times found in Agricultural (Cassava farm)+Grassland, Dominant tree- Cocos nucifera, 9 times found in open secondary vegetation, 7 times found in littoral rainforest, 4 times found in littoral vegetation, 12 times found in savannah grassland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 102 times ground forager(s), 59 times ground nest, 20 times ex soil, 12 times under stone, 9 times leaf litter, 4 times 0, 2 times under coconut, 6 times on low vegetation, 2 times ex rotten log, 3 times pitfall trap, 1 times Nest under stone, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 331 times Pitfall trap, 32 times Hand collected, 32 times Hand, 21 times Winkler, 15 times Pitfall, 20 times By Hand, 15 times Nest, 13 times Pitfall trap, 5 days, 10 times SD 20 digging sample transect, 10m, 5 times pitfall trap, PF 25 cup sample transect, 10m, 9 times Turning over rocks, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 2700 meters, 697 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1870-01-01 00:00:00.0 and 2021-10-27 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011735, sam-ent-011741; paratype of Tetramorium blochmannii nigriventre: focol2090, focol2091; Syntype: sam-ent-011738, sam-ent-011739, sam-ent-011740, sam-ent-011756, sam-ent-011757; syntype of Tetramorium blochmannii: casent0101997; syntype of Tetramorium blochmannii continentis: casent0909153; syntype of Tetramorium blochmannii montanum: casent0101266; syntype of Tetramorium quadrispinosum: casent0235197; syntype of Tetramorium quadrispinosum angolense: casent0235207; syntype of Tetramorium quadrispinosum beirae: casent0901245; syntype of Tetramorium quadrispinosum elegans: casent0901244; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre: casent0102073, casent0102129, casent0235206; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre arenarium: casent0915057; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre bipartita: casent0915058; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre cinnamomeum: casent0235196, casent0901243, casent0915059; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre gamaii: casent0915067; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre hori: casent0915068; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre inversum: casent0235198, casent0915069, casent0917838; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre jasonis: casent0915072; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre munda: casent0915073; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre repertum: casent0235205; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre vascoi: casent0915074; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre vividum: casent0915075; syntype of Tetramorium neuvillei: casent0909141; syntype of Tetramorium quadrispinosum: casent0904835; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre debile: casent0909151; syntype of Tetramorium sericeiventre femoratum: casent0904836; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium blochmannii continentis eudoxium: casent0909150; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium quadrispinosum elegans benguelense: casent0235204; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre continentis georgei: casent0915061; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre continentis gladiator: casent0915062; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre continentis platonis: casent0915060; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre continentis sanguiniceps: casent0915063; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre femoratum colluta: casent0915064; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre femoratum kenyense: casent0915065; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre femoratum transversa: casent0915066; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre inversum defricta: casent0915070; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Tetramorium sericeiventre inversum evidens: casent0915071; Type of unpublished name: Tetramorium ilgii: casent0915423

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