The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium crypticum (Bolton)

Tetramorium crypticum (Bolton)

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ghana (Triglyphothrix cryptica sp. n., Bolton, 1976: 321, not illustrated, worker; name corrected by Bolton, 1995). Collected from primary forest at Mt. Atewa Forest Reserve (D. Leston, 31.vii.1969), holotype worker and 2 paratype workers only (Bolton, 1976) .

Bolton's description (1976) is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 1.9-2.1 mm; 11-segmented antennae. Most branched hairs trifid but head also with long simple hairs which project far above the level of the branched hairs. Colour black, appendages yellow-brown.

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

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetramorium crypticum
B Taylor det.
A Fotso Kuate
Tetramorium sp9
0354'30" N
Pitfall in fallow

{Tetramorium crypticum}The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun; Boga; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk tetramorium sp 9)

Base colour lighter than given for type and the postpetiole is weakly rugose not smooth but otherwise a good match and distinct from other species.

2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.