The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium ebeninum Arnold, revived status

Tetramorium ebeninum Arnold, revived status

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) ebeninum n. sp., Arnold, 1926: 277, illustrated, worker) Durban, G Arnold
worker only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Tetramorium ebeninum}Arnold's (1926) description of ebeninum is at {original description}. Bolton's modern description (1980) within Tetramorium weitzeckeri is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 3.0-4.1 mm; antennae 11-segmented, one of most variable as regards size, pilosity and sculpturation. Bolton (1980: 233, illustrated) considered splitting specimens from western areas (Gabon, Angola) from those from eastern countries.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetramorium ebeninum
B Taylor det.
South Africa
Peter Hlavác

33°59.39' S
20°48.32' E
Western Cape, Grootvadersbosch N.R., S  E ; 350 m


{Tetramorium (Xiphomyrmex) ebeninum}The photomontage is of specimens from South Africa; Western Cape, Grootvadersbosch N.R.; 350 m; S 33°59.39' E 20°48.32' 25-26.i.2004; collector Peter Hlavác. He wrote - "RSA-2 & RSA-3 determination labels) I found these 2 colonies also under bark of rotten trunk with Clavigerinae of the genus FUSTIGERODES. This genus is known in RSA to live with Lepisiota capensis Mayr, Crematogaster peringueyi Emery and Rhoptromyrmex transversinodis Mayr".

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