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Species: Tetraponera caffra   (Santschi, 1914) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Sima natalensis st. caffra Santschi, 1914e: 15 (w.q.m.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Syntypes: 8w, 3dq, 1m, Dukudu, Zululand (leg. Tragardh); 1w (NHMB): CASENT0915532; MHNG, NHMB AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Tetraponera: Wheeler, 1922j PDF: 799.
As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Arnold, 1916 PDF: 178; Emery, 1921c PDF: 24.
Status as species: Ward & Downie, 2005 PDF: 314, 316 (in phylogeny).

Taxon Page Images:

Tetraponera caffra. Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: 12 July 2016. Photos by Philip Herbst; collection by Ricky Taylor

// Distribution


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

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in savanna woodland, 3 times found in Eastern Coastal Belt Forest, 1 times found in Forest fringe (Northern Coastal Forest), 1 times found in savannah woodland.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times Vachellia thorns, 1 times Nest in Acacia kosiensis thorn, 1 times ex dead thorn of Acacia xanthophloea, 1 times ex dead thorn of Acacia tortilis, 2 times ex dead thorn of Acacia nilotica, 2 times ex dead thorn of Acacia, 1 times ex dead thorn of Vachellia xanthophloea, 1 times ex dead thorn of Acacia cf. karoo, 1 times ex dead thorn of Acacia xanthophloia.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times By hand, 1 times Hand collected.

Elevations: collected from 9 - 450 meters, 120 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1967-05-30 and 2016-08-05

Type specimens: syntype of Sima natalensis caffra: casent0915532; syntype of Tetraponera natalensis caffra: rmcaent000017746

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