The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium bellicosum Bolton

Tetramorium bellicosum Bolton

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Nigeria (Bolton (1980: 296, not illustrated, worker) .

{Tetramorium bellicosum}Bolton's description (1980) is at {original description}.

Nigeria specimens (as Tetramorium species4, Taylor, 1980a: 59). WORKER. TL 3.17 mm, HL 0.78, HW 0.73, SL 0.59, PW 0.47
Apart from fine rugae on the dorsum of the head, the sculpturation of the head, alitrunk and pedicel is solely of fine, dense puncturation. Erect hairs very sparse and very short. Propodeal spines broad, elongated triangular, with a flat alignment; metapleural lobes upturned triangles. Petiole with almost vertical anterior and posterior faces and rounded angular junctions with a slightly convex dorsum. Postpetiole with a slightly convex profile. Colour red-brown, gaster darker.

The holotype worker and 3 paratype workers came from Bolton's own collections at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, in leaf litter ( My collection was of workers from a nest in the ground at the CRIN W17 block (16.x.1975). There are no other records.

{Tetramorium bellicosum}The photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetramorium amentete
B Taylor det.
J-F Vayssieres
RVA 3099
0914'07'' N
0211'52'' E
running on the ground


{Tetramorium bellicosum}The photomontage is of a worker from Benin, Kika-Beterou; collector J-F Vayssieres (RVA 3099).

2007, 2008, 2013 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.