The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium meressei Forel

Tetramorium meressei Forel

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} The type location Zare (Tetramorium Meressei n. sp., Forel, 1916: 422, worker) collected by H Kohl; worker only described .


{Tetramorium meressei}Forel's (1916) description is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1980) is at {original description}.

WORKER - Forel had TL 2.6-2.9 mm, Bolton gave TL 3.2-3.5 mm; both it and Tetramorium psymanum have a dense pelt of elongate fine soft hairs, and a high postpetiole with an abrupt vertical posterior face, the latter species also has no propodeal teeth. This species is yellow and psymanum is mid-brown (Bolton, 1980: 349, illustrated).

Wheeler (1922) described how Bequaert found a specimen in Zare, from the domatia of a Cuviera, other swellings were occupied by Axinidris denticulatum (as Engramma denticulatum; see also Bequaert, 1922, p 492). Bolton himself collected it in Ghana, at CRIG, but gave no details (Bolton, 1980), he also discovered a distinctive specimen which matched the label details but clearly was not meressei - that he named as Tetramorium unicum.


{Tetramorium meressei }The photomontage of a worker from Ghana in the BMNH is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0280922.

The type worker can be seen at http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909140

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