The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium khyarum Bolton

Tetramorium khyarum Bolton

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Nigeria (Bolton, 1980: 329, illustrated, propodeum only, worker) .

Savannah species from Zaria, the holotype and 4 paratype workers (D. Simpson, 11.iii.1969) (Bolton, 1980).

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

{Tetramorium khyarum}WORKER - TL 4.0-4.3 mm; distinguished by the single pair of hairs on the propodeal dorsum, and the lack of projecting hairs behind the eyes; otherwise all dorsal surfaces with stout standing hairs. First gastral tergite with dense minute sculpturation so that the surface has a silky appearance. Colour dull red, gaster blackish-brown.

Bolton also listed findings from Ivory Coast (Plantation Niecky by W.L. Brown), Zare and Botswana, describing it as widely distributed but seeming not to be very common.

Note: Collingwood (1985, illustrated, right) recorded it from Saudi Arabia, noting that it is very similar in appearance to sericeiventre but the latter lacks the one or two pairs of hairs on the propodeal dorsum of khyarum. Bolton, however, explicitly described it as having a single pair of hairs on the propodeal dorsum.

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

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