The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium bequaerti Forel

Tetramorium bequaerti Forel

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Tetramorium Bequaerti n. sp., Forel, 1913b: 318, worker) collected at Lake Kabwe, Katanga, by J. Bequaert, 16.vii.1911
junior synonym humile (Tetramorium humile n.sp., Santschi, 1914a: 434, worker & queen) from Tanzania, Morogoro, Viehmeyer
worker & queen described (Bolton, 1980) .

{Tetramorium bequaerti}Forel's (1913b) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1914a) description of humile is at {original description} Arnold (1917: 281) gave a translation, this is at {original description}. The reference to T. blochmanni can be directly read as T. sericeiventre. Bolton's modern description (1980) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 4.3-4.6 mm; separated from similar species, all from eastern or southern Africa by its larger size, short blunt pilosity on all surfaces, and a prominent protuberance at the lower occipital corner; colour dull red, dorsum of alitrunk and petiole with fine punctate-granular sculpturation (Bolton, 1980, illustrated).

{Tetramorium bequaerti}The photomontage of a syntype worker is collated from
Another worker from the type collection can be seen at
Note: a worker from Malawi shown on Antweb is clearly misidentified despite the Bolton label - it is far too small; see

The humile type can be seen at

2007, 2008, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.