Tapinoma fragile

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Tapinoma fragile
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. fragile
Binomial name
Tapinoma fragile
Smith, F., 1876

Tapinoma fragile casent0102974 profile 1.jpg

Tapinoma fragile casent0102974 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Mauritius (type locality).
Oriental Region: Maldives.

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.



Images from AntWeb

Tapinoma fragile casent0102974 dorsal 2.jpg
Worker. Specimen code casent0102974. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • fragile. Tapinoma fragile Smith, F. 1876a: 447 (w.) MAURITIUS (Rodrigues I.).



  • Smith, F. 1876a. Preliminary notice of new species of Hymenoptera, Diptera, and Forficulidae collected in the island of Rodriguez by the naturalists accompanying the Transit-of-Venus expedition. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4(17): 447-451 (page 447, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1913. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dolichoderinae. Genera Insectorum 137: 1-50.
  • Fisher B. L. 1997. Biogeography and ecology of the ant fauna of Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 31: 269-302.
  • Mamet R. 1954. The ants (Hymenoptera Formicidae) of the Mascarene Islands. Mauritius Inst. Bull. 3: 249-259.