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Species: Tetraponera penzigi   (Mayr, 1907) 

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Tetraponera penzigi praestigiatrix

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Sima penzigi Mayr, 1907b PDF: 10 (w.q.m.) TANZANIA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Syntypes: 9 workers, 2 alate queens, 2 males, Usambara, Tanzania (Sjöstedt) (NHMV); 2 workers, Kahe, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania [as “Kilim.”] (Sjöstedt) (NHMV) (CASENT0915851); 1 worker, Kahe, Kilimanjaro [as “Kilimand.”], Tanzania (Sjöstedt) (MHNG); 3 workers, Usambara, Tanzania (Sjöstedt) (ZMHB) (FOCOL1155, FOCOL1156, FOCOL1157) AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Sima (Tetraponera): Arnold, 1916 PDF: 180; in Tetraponera: Wheeler, 1922j PDF: 800.
Placement in molecular phylogeny: Chomicki et al., 2015 10.1098/rspb.2015.2200 PDF: Figure S1.
Current subspecies: nominal plus T. p. praestigiatrix.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Mpala Res. Centre


Caste of types: (w, q, m)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Acacia woodland on black cotton soils, 1 times found in Gall on Acacia drepanolobium.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 12 times ex Acacia drepanolobium, 2 times ex partially sealed thorn of Acacia drepanolobium, 2 times Acacia thorns, 1 times low gall, Acacia drepanolobium, 1 times ex sealed thorn of Acacia drepanolobium, 1 times collected in dry thorn-bushes.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times By Hand.

Elevations: collected from 884 - 1800 meters, 1645 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1961-05-24 and 2018-06-26

Type specimens: syntype of Sima penzigi: casent0915851; type of Sima penzigi: focol1155, focol1156, focol1157

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