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Species: Tetramorium signatum   Emery, 1895 

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Menozzi, 1933

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Tetramorium solidum var. signatum Emery, 1895i PDF: 35 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: 2 syntype workers. Primary type localities: South Africa: Cape, Matjiesfontein, 1893 (E. Simon) (by restriction of Wheeler, 1922: 905). Primary type depositories: MHNG, MSNG. Primary type specimen: CASENT0904841. Type notes: Other syntype locality: South Africa: Kimberley (E. Simon?). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Prins, 1973 PDF: 7 (variety after 1960).
Subspecies of Tetramorium solidum: Forel, 1913a PDF: 118; Arnold, 1917 PDF: 293; Wheeler, 1922: 905; Emery, 1924f PDF: 283; Arnold, 1926 PDF: 245 (in key).
Status as species: Bolton, 1980 PDF: 251 (redescription); Bolton, 1995b: 414; Mbanyana et al., 2018 10.5852/ejt.2018.454 PDF: 48.

Taxon Page Images:

Tetramorium signatum. Vaalleegte Farm, Karoo, South Africa; 26 May 2017. Photo © and collection by Philip Herbst.

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
    Asia: Israel
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Palearctic

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in Bushmanland Arid Grassland, 7 times found in Tanqua Succulent Karoo, 6 times found in Gariep rocky desert with Kokerboom and Euphorbia., 5 times found in Strandveld, 3 times found in Karoid scrub on road verge, 1 times found in Nest in rocky sandy soil at the base of a dead grass in the middle of dry riverbed. Nest entrance with crater of soil around it., 2 times found in Tankwa Succulent Karoo, 2 times found in Deep red-orange sandy soils, nest with crater of soil around entrance., 1 times found in Karoo, 2 times found in Euphorbia, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times 0.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 56 times Pitfall trap, 22 times By Hand, 4 times Yellow Pan Trap, 2 times Hand collected, 1 times Pitfall trap, 5 days, 1 times Sugar Bait, 1 times Turning over rocks, 1 times Nest.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1353 meters, 737 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1887-10-01 00:00:00.0 and 2018-03-21 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Tetramorium solidum grootensis: casent0901188; Paratype: sam-ent-011762; syntype of Tetramorium signatum: casent0904841; syntype of Tetramorium solidum tuckeri: casent0901189; syntype of Tetramorium solidum grootensis: casent0909156; syntype of Tetramorium solidum lugubre: casent0909157

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