Tetramorium caespitum,

Güsten, R., Schulz, A. & Sanetra, M., 2006, Redescription of Tetramorium forte Forel, 1904 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a western Mediterranean ant species., Zootaxa 1310, pp. 1-35: 27

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Tetramorium caespitum


Tetramorium caespitum  HNS  sensu lato”

Species morphologically similar to T. caespitum (Linnaeus  HNS  , 1758) are the dominant Tetramorium  HNS  ants in temperate parts of Eurasia. Cammaerts et al. (1985) distinguished T. impurum (Foerster  HNS  , 1850) from T. caespitum  HNS  in central Europe based on male genitalic characters. It has recently become clear that the T. caespitum  HNS  / impurum  HNS  species complex constitutes in fact an assembly of cryptic species, which cannot yet be delimited clearly or assigned valid names (Steiner et al. 2002; Schlick-Steiner et al., 2006). More than one species is included within the current concepts of both T. caespitum  HNS  and T. impurum  HNS  . Throughout this paper we use the term “ T. caespitum  HNS  s.l.” to denote species of the complex.