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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. "Fiji Is., Viti Levu, Nadarivatu, coll. W.M. Mann." Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (MCZC). CASENT0234022. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

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


 Species is native to: Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions (based on species list records).

Afrotropical Region: Africa, Eastern Africa, Kenya
Australasia Region: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, New Caledonia, Oceania, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Asia, Bangladesh, Borneo, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sabah, South-Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Sulawesi Utara, Thailand
Malagasy Region: Anjouan, Antsiranana, Comoros, Grande Comore, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mohéli, Reunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles, Toamasina
Nearctic Region: California, North America, United States
Neotropical Region: Americas, French Guiana, South America
Oceania Region: Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Macuata, Melanesia, Naitasiri, Namosi, Niue, Polynesia, Rewa, Samoa, Îles Australes
Palearctic Region: Belgium, Denmark, East Flanders, Europe, Hainaut, Hovedstaden, Netherlands, Northern Europe, Switzerland, Western Europe, Zurich

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, 4 times ex rotten log, 3 times nest in dead fern frond, 3 times ground forager(s), 3 times litter, 1 times foraging on vegetation, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 272 times M, 13 times beating low vegetation, 14 times H, 18 times L, 6 times CDC light trap, 4 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 1 times 2 Maxi Winks, 1 times search, 3 times F, 1 times yellow pan trap, YP 25 trap transect, 1 times bait, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1187 meters, 267 meters average

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

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