The Ants of Africa
Genus Tetramorium
Tetramorium grebennikovi new species Taylor

Tetramorium grebennikovi new species Taylor

return to group key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Tanzania.

WORKER DESCRIPTION: Head rectangular with width much less than length; antennae 12-segmented, note that the second segment of the funiculus is very small and not easy to see; mandibles smooth; clypeus without a raised tranverse carina; the head, dorsal alitrunk and pedicel nodes are all strongly reticulo-rugose; the head has no elongate simple hairs on the upper scrobe margin or on the anterior edge of the scape; otherwise the compressed petiole node might place it in the inezulae-group of Bolton (1976: 312); all erect hairs short but clearly at least bifid; the first gastral tergite is shiny but with distinctive hair pits; dark brown, appendages golden-brown (former Triglyphothrix).

TL ca 2.0 mm; HW 0.42, HL 0.50, CI 84, SL 0.30, SI 71, PW 0.32, AL 0.45

Named in recognition of the collector, Vassily Grebennikov.

Specimen deposited in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Seemingiy close to Tetramorium trimeni but distinctly smaller, with shorter propodeal spines and better defined longitiudinal carinae on the front of the head.

Oxford University Museum specimens

Tetramorium grebennikovi
B Taylor det.
V Grebennikov

Usambara Mts
505' S
3838' E
Amani NR, Zigi Lodge, 2200 m


{Tetramorium grebennikovi}The photomontage is of a the holotype worker from the Uluguru Mts, Tanzania, W slope between Tchenzema village & Lukwangule Plateau, 2200 m, 9-11.x.2002; collector V Grebennikov.

{Tetramorium grebennikovi}Details of head

2009, 2010, 2012 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.