The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium weitzeckeri Emery

Tetramorium weitzeckeri Emery

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) Weitzeckeri, n. sp., Emery, 1895h: 39, worker; Arnold, 1917: 346, queen) - see below
junior synonyms
edithae (Weber, 1943c: 375, worker) from South Sudan - no images on Antweb (April 2015)
escherichi (Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) escherichi n. sp., Forel, 1910c: 259, worker & queen) from Eritrea (Ethiopia in Bolton, 1980) - see below
nigellus (Tetramorium weitzaeckeri Em., var. nigellus, nov., Santschi, 1932a: 389, worker & queen) from Zimbabwe - see
worker and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Tetramorium weitzeckeri}Emery's (1895h) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1917: 346) gave a translation plus the description of the queen, this is at {original description}. Forel's (1910c) description of escherichi is at {original description}. Santschi's (1932a) description of nigellus is at {original description}. Weber's (1943c) description of edithae is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1980) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 3.0-4.1 mm; antennae 11-segmented. Bolton (1980: 233, illustrated) described it as one of most variable as regards size, pilosity and sculpturation and considered splitting specimens from western areas (Gabon, Angola) from those from eastern countries. Hita Garcia, Fischer & Peters (2010) have separated the smaller, generally darker forms as Tetramorium boltoni new species.  The specimens from Congo I previously placed according to the Bolton diagnosis also now are under T. boltoni.

The Hita Garcia, Fischer & Peters (2010) description is protected by copyright.

{Tetramorium weitzeckeri}The photomontage of the holotype worker is collated from

{Tetramorium weitzeckeri}The photomontage is collated from

{Tetramorium escherichi}The photomontage of a syntype worker of escherichi is collated from

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