Tapinoma carininotum

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Tapinoma carininotum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. carininotum
Binomial name
Tapinoma carininotum
Weber, 1943

Ground nesting, in dead wood and in the soil. Fairly abundant on cocoa at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre, on up to 5% of trees in some blocks, but usually not so common. It can be positively associated with Crematogaster depressa and negatively associated with Pheidole megacephala. Tends aphids. Also found on native herbaceous vegetation, cashew, kola, oil palm and mango (Mangifera indica) orchards (Taylor et al., 2018).


Similar to Tapinoma lugubre (type CASENT0903070) but that appears to be rather darker brown with contrasting pale appendages (Taylor et al., 2018).


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 16° to 4.066666667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Benin, Cameroun, Sudan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • carininotum. Tapinoma carininotum Weber, 1943c: 379, pl. 16, fig. 32 (w.) SUDAN.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor B., N. Agoinon, A. Sinzogan, A. Adandonon, Y. N'Da Kouagou, S. Bello, R. Wargui, F. Anato, I. Ouagoussounon, H. Houngbo, S. Tchibozo, R. Todjhounde, and J. F. Vayssieres. 2018. Records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Republic of Benin, with particular reference to the mango farm ecosystem. Journal of Insect Biodiversity 8(1): 006–029.
  • Weber N. A. 1943. The ants of the Imatong Mountains, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 93: 263-389.