Tetraponera grandidieri (Forel, 1891)

Ward, Philip S., 2022, The ant genus Tetraponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region: taxonomic review and key to species, Zootaxa 5102 (1), pp. 1-70 : 44

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5102.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:BEA963B7-F7B9-458A-92EE-A4740AC390AC

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6315502

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03A33567-FF96-5411-1CD0-86FDFF313E90

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Tetraponera grandidieri
status

 

Tetraponera grandidieri -group

Worker diagnosis (modified from Ward 2009). Medium to large species (HW 0.95–1.59, HL 1.05–2.01, LHT 1.05–1.83); masticatory margin of with four teeth; basal margin with 0–1 teeth and subequal in length to masticatory margin; labrum with a pair of tubercles closely flanking the midline near the proximal margin but lacking a median tubercle; palp formula 6,4; anteromedial margin of clypeus crenulate or emarginate; distance between frontal carinae exceeding basal scape width (FCI 0.11–0.18), scape length three-quarters or more of head width (SI 0.72–0.90); eye length about one-third of head length (REL 0.28–0.36); head capsule with three distinct ocelli; pronotum laterally marginate, but not strongly so; mesopropodeal impression well developed; petiole relatively long (PLI 0.38–0.59, PWI 0.37–0.65); posteroventral margin of petiole lying adjacent to helcium venter; metabasitarsal sulcus present; legs long and slender (FI 0.27–0.36, LHT/HL 0.85–1.12); appressed pubescence sparse on abdominal tergite 4; standing pilosity uncommon (CSC 2–3, MSC 1–6), absent from mesonotum, propodeum, and extensor surfaces of the tibiae. Orange to reddish-brown, head concolorous or darker; gaster and portions of femora may also be infuscated.

Comments. This group, which is endemic to the island of Madagascar, was previously revised ( Ward 2009) and seven species were recognized. Recent collections by Brian Fisher and colleagues have turned up one additional species.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Tetraponera