The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium signatum Emery

Tetramorium signatum Emery

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Tetramorium solidum Emery, var signatum, n. var., Emery, 1895h: 35, worker) Matjesfontein
junior synonyms
grootensis (Tetramorium solidum Em. v. grootensis n. v., Forel, 1913a: 118, queen & male) from South Africa, Willowmore, Cape, Dr H Brauns - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0901188
lugubre (Tetramorium solidum Em. subsp. lugubre n. subsp., Forel, 1910e: 425, worker) from Angola, Mossamedes - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0909157
tuckeri (Tetramorium solidum Emery, var Tuckeri n. v., Arnold, 1926: 259, worker) from Namibia, R W E Tucker - see http://www.antweb.org/specimenImages.do?code=casent0901189
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .


{Tetramorium signatum}Emery's (1895h) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1910e) description of lugubre is at {original description}. Forel's (1913a) description of grootensis is at {original description}. Arnold (1917: 290) gave an illustrated translation, this is at {original description} and of varieties at {original description}. Arnold's (1926) description of tuckeri is at {original description}. Prins (1973: 7) gave a fresh description of the type, this is at {original description}. Prins (1973: 7) gave a fresh description of tuckeri, this is at {original description}, {original description} and {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1980) is at {original description}.


{Tetramorium signatum}WORKER - TL 4.4-5.3 mm (Bolton, 1980: 251, not illustrated).


{Tetramorium signatum} The photomontage is the type worker collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent09048416. Not listed by Bolton (1980: 251).


{Tetramorium signatum} The photomontage is of worker from Namibia; collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0280906. Not listed by Bolton (1980: 251).


{Tetramorium signatum queen} The photomontage is the queen of grootensis collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0901188.


{Tetramorium signatumm male} The photomontage is a male tentatively postulated as of grootensis by Forel (1913a) collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0909156. Bolton (1980: 251) reported examining the above queen but said nothing of the male. The antennae, with an unmodified first segment to the funiculus, together with the head shape and hairiness, are atypical of Tetramorium.

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