The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium (Triglyphothrix) new species Congo 2008

Tetramorium (Triglyphothrix) new species Congo 2008

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Congo holotype worker only known .

WORKER - TL ca 2.4 mm, HL 0.68, HW 0.58, CI 91, SL 0.41, SI 68, PW 0.50.
Branched hairs on dorsal surfaces all appressed, lying flat; the hairs are coarser and, particularly on the gaster, distinctly bifid; the hairs on the gaster in a curious pattern of angled lines; uniform dark brown.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetramorium (Triglyphothrix) n.sp. Congo 2008
B Taylor det.

Y Braet

4 15' 33" S
15 17' 5" E
tree savannah 24 h pitfall trap


{Tetramorium (Triglyphothrix) n sp Congo 2008}The photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Iboubikro, 25.i.2008, collectors Yves Braet & Eric Zassi, tree savannah 24 h pitfall trap.

Tetramorium ants from a Congo pitfall trapThe specimen was collected in a pit trap with workers of Tetramorium galoasanum. As the photomontage shows, the latter is a much larger species but there is a curious similarity of form, colour and pilosity, indicative of mimicry by the smaller species.
2010, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
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