The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium mossamedense Forel

Tetramorium mossamedense Forel

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Tetramorium caespitum L. v. Mossamedensis n. var., Forel, 1901d: 306, worker; raised to species by Bolton, 1980: 314) Cubango-Cuito, Mossamedes
junior synonym schultzei (Tetramorium caespitum L. subsp. schultzei n. subsp., Forel, 1910f: 19, worker; provisional synonym by Bolton, 1980: 314) from Botswana, Kgokong-Kang, Kalahari, L Schultze - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
unavailable name tristis (Tetramorium pusillum Em. stirps mosamedense For. var. tristis n. var., Santschi, 1917b: 285, worker) from Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Arnold - see
worker only known .

Forel's (1901d) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1917: 324) gave an expanded translation, this is at {original description}. Forel's (1910f) description of schultzei is at {original description}. Arnold (1917: 331) gave a translation of schultzei, this is at {original description}. Santschi's (1917b) description of tristis is at {original description}. Arnold (1926: 272) gave a translation of tristis, this is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1980) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 2.1-2.4 mm (Bolton, 1980: 314, not illustrated.

Previously, I thought specimens from Tanzania (Zigi Lodge, Amani River) were of this species but better photographs show that to have been a mis-diagnosis.

{Tetramorium mossamedense} The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.