The Ants of Africa
Genus Tapinoma
Tapinoma modestum Santschi

Tapinoma modestum Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Zimbabwe (Tapinoma (Micromyrma) modestum, n. sp., Santschi, 1932a: 390, worker, not illustrated) Bulawayo, viii.1917, G Arnold
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .


Santschi's (1932a) description is at {original description}.

My translation: WORKER - TL 1.4-1.5 mm; colour yellow ochre, gaster a duller yellow, and sometimes the vertex and the gaster somewhat brownish; smooth; pubescence very fine and very short not hiding the shine of the cuticle; erect hairs solely around the mouth. Head rectangular, slightly longer than wide, narrowing anteriorly, sides convex, posterior angles rounded, posterior border straight. Eyes convex, about a quarter smaller than their distance from the anterior of the head and set between the midline and the anterior third of the head. Frontal carinae wide apart; frontal area and notch indistinct; mandibles smooth with three small anterior teeth following the denticles. Scape reaching the posterior border of the head; funiculus segments 2-9 wider than long, the second shorter, the first as long as the following three together. Thorax as long as the head, dorsal profile near flat; propodeum angle rounded with the basal face wider than long, the declivity bordered; pronotum about as wide as long, also the mesonotum. Petiole scale very low.


{Tapinoma modestum}The photomontage of the type worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0911574


Oxford University Museum specimens

Tapinoma modestum
B Taylor det.
Benin
S Tchibozo
Benin 1
27.viii.2006
Bonou
06°50-55' N
02°20-30'E
Forêt de Gnanhouizoumè, Pitfall trap
1
{album}
Tapinoma modestum
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 127
3.viii.2006
Pongara
00°34' N
09°19' E
On a fallen tree
2
{album}
Tapinoma modestum
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 5-56

12.i.1997
Mkomazi
3°54.75' S
37°48.58' E
pkd collection from Acacia nilotica; 37M 0375378 UTM 9571003

1

Tapinoma modestum
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-66
16.i.1996
Mkomazi
3°57.996' S
37°48.128' E
pkd collection from Lannea schweinfurthii
1

Tapinoma modestum
B Taylor det.
Tanzania
G McGavin
tree 3-67
16.i.1996
Mkomazi
3°57.996' S
37°48.128' E
pkd collection from Lannea schweinfurthii
1
{album}

{Tapinoma modestum}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park, collector Yves Braet, (Gabon 127)


{Tapinoma modestum}The photomontage is of a specimen from Benin, Bonou, Forêt de Gnanhouizoumè, 06°50-55 N 02°20-30'E; Pitfall trap; S Tchibozo; 27.viii.2006. The specimen was holding a worker of Plagiolepis brunni in its jaws. 


{Tapinoma modestum}The photomontage is of a specimen from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve, 3°57.996' S 37°48.128' E, pkd collection from Lannea schweinfurthii, (Tree 3/67), 16.i.1996, by G McGavin.


{Tapinoma modestum}The photomontage of a worker from Zimbabwe is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=sam-hym-c004805.

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