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SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Tetramorium - Tetramorium
salwae Mohamed et al
Tetramorium salwae Mohamed et al
Described by Mohamed et al (2001).
WORKER - TL 3.2 mm; head with slightly concave occiput,
laterally moderately curved; shining and smooth with many hair
pits on frontal area, superficial longitudinal striations anterior
to and below the eyes; antennae with dense hairs, first segment of
funiculus longer than second and third segments combined, third,
fourth and fifth segments wider than long; mandibles striate with
five blunt teeth and faint pubescence; anterior border of clypeus
with about three long hairs projecting forward; alitrunk shiny
with dark brown, alitrunk shiny with longitudianl striations
except on mesonotum which is smooth; pronotum with several pairs
of erect hairs; propodeum without erect hairs, spines reduced to
short blunt tubercles; petiole dorsum weakly sculptured with 2
pairs of hairs; postpetiole dorsum broader than long, shiny and
smooth with 4 pairs of hairs; gaster shiny with numerous erect
hairs; dark brown with sides yellowish brown as are the legs.
Sharaf list - material examined: Wadi El-Arbaein, St.Catherine
(South Sinai), 5.iii.1998 (1) Leg. M. R. Sharaf; Sahab (South
Sinai), 18.ii.1999 (1) Leg. M. R. Sharaf (ASUC).
The photomontage of the holotype was taken by Mostafa Sharaf.
2006, 2008 - Brian Taylor CBiol FIBiol FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.