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Species: Tetraponera clypeata   (Emery, 1886) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Sima clypeata Emery, 1886b PDF: 361, pl. 17, figs. 4, 5 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Syntypes: 3dq, Cape of Good Hope [as "Cap B. Sp."] (leg. Peringuey); 1dq (NHMV): CASENT0915850; MCSN, NHMV, SAMC AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Tetraponera: Wheeler, 1922j PDF: 797.
Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 53; Emery, 1895i PDF: 24; Arnold, 1916 PDF: 182; Emery, 1921c PDF: 27; Wheeler, 1922: 797; Bolton, 1995b: 417.

Taxon Page Images:

Tetraponera clypeata. Silvermine Nature Reserve, Table Mountain National Park, South Africa: 10 February 2017. Photo and collection by Philip Herbst

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: South Africa
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in spiny forest/thicket, 2 times found in fynbos, 2 times found in roadside, 4 times found in Fynbos - mesic montane fynbos on sandstone, 3 times found in coastal fynbos, 3 times found in Valley Bushveld, 2 times found in Regenerated mesic montane fynbos flat land, 2 times found in Renosterveld, 2 times found in Fynbos - mesic montane fynbos, 1 times found in Strandveld-Mtn fynbos ecotone dense bush, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 5 times ex dead thorn Acacia karoo, 1 times ex dead stem Osteospermum, 2 times ex dead thorn of Acacia, 2 times in stalks tenanted by Allodape bees, 2 times hollow twigs, 1 times ex dead stem Restionaceae, 1 times ex dead stem of Osteospermum, 1 times ex dead twig, 1 times ex dead thorn on live branch of Acacia karroo.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 7 times Pitfall Trap, 7 times Sweeping, 1 times direct collection, 1 times By Hand, 1 times Dead wood, 1 times Winkler Bag, 1 times Yellow Pan Trap.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 853 meters, 367 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1889-03-01 and 2006-11-14

Type specimens: Paratype: sam-ent-011581; syntype of Sima clypeata: casent0915850; type of Tetraponera clypeata: casent0902816

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