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Species: Technomyrmex vitiensis   Mann, 1921 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Technomyrmex albipes var. vitiensis Mann, 1921 PDF: 473 (w.) FIJI IS. Oceania. Primary type information: Fiji Is., Viti Levu, Nadarivatu, coll. W.M. Mann; CASENT0234022; MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of Technomyrmex rufescens: Bolton, 2007B PDF: 104.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists) Species is native to: Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions (based on species list records).

Afrotropical Region: Kenya
Australasia Region: Australia, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Bangladesh, Borneo, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand
Malagasy Region: Comoros, Grande Glorieuse, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles
Nearctic Region: United States
Neotropical Region: French Guiana
Oceania Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Niue, Samoa
Palearctic Region: Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Arabuko Sukoke


Introduced species. Bolton (pers. comm., 21 March 2005) indicates that the species in California is in the albipes-complex, but is not albipes itself.


pest species (Dutch vernacular name: witvoetmier)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Fernández, F. & Guerrero, R. J., 2008, Technomyrmex (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) in the New World: synopsis and description of a new species., Revista Colombiana de Entomologia 34, pp. 110-115

Technomyrmex vitiensis MannHNS, 1921

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Technomyrmex albipes vitiensis MannHNS, 1921:473 (w). Junior synonym of albipesHNS: Wilson and Taylor 1967:82.

Technomyrmex vitiensisHNS: Bolton 2007:104.

California, USA (Bolton 2007)

Tramp species potentially present in the New World

In the key to New World species of TechnomyrmexHNS presented below, Bolton (2007) added T. albipesHNS and T. pallipesHNS as two tramp species, inhabiting hothouses in the Palaearctic Region and potentially introduced to New World (as T. difficilisHNS and T. vitiensisHNS). We include pictures of both species.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 57 times found in disturbed forest, 32 times found in primary rainforest, 17 times found in Rainforest, 19 times found in secondary forest, 9 times found in urban garden, 10 times found in secondary thicket and diverse vegetation, 12 times found in coastal scrub, 5 times found in urban/garden, 4 times found in roadside, 7 times found in dry forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 244 times malaise trap, 23 times on low vegetation, 19 times ex dead twig above ground, 5 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 17 times sifted litter, 5 times under tree bark, live tree, 3 times nest in dead fern frond, 4 times ex rotten log, 3 times ground forager(s), 4 times Ficus grevei, 3 times litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 272 times M, 13 times beating low vegetation, 14 times H, 18 times L, 17 times beatting, 6 times CDC light trap, 4 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times 2 Maxi Winks, 5 times search, 3 times F, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 trap, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1187 meters, 262 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype: casent0249090; syntype: casent0234022; syntype of Technomyrmex albipes rufescens: casent0911581

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