Tapinoma karavaievi

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Tapinoma karavaievi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. karavaievi
Binomial name
Tapinoma karavaievi
Emery, 1925

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Specimen Labels


Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on the ground in a moderate to low rainfall area.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 40.68277778° to 40.68277778°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan (type locality), Turkmenistan.

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.

  • karavaievi. Tapinoma simrothi subsp. karavaievi Emery, 1925d: 52, fig. 5 (w.q.m.) KAZAKHSTAN. Raised to species: Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 547. Senior synonym of azerbeidzhanica: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 170.
  • azerbeidzhanica. Tapinoma simrothi subsp. azerbeidzhanica Karavaiev, 1932: 248, fig. 1 (w.m.) AZERBAIJAN. Junior synonym of karavaievi: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 170.

Taxonomic Notes

Khalili-Moghadam et al. (2019) - The status of Tapinoma karavaievi requires revision. The male genitalia are extremely similar to those of Tapinoma simrothi. Perhaps T. karavaievi is the only eastern morphotype of the widespread T. simrothi. Both taxa have been recorded in Iran but only T. karavaievi probably occurs in this area.

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) - Type location imprecise. Emery (1925) gave the type location as “Turkestan”, he also reported a specimen from Astrabad (northern Iran). The Emery specimens, e.g. as shown at CASENT0904019, are not from the original report by Mayr (1877, as “Tapinoma nigerrimum”) of collections in Turkestan, in an area most probably in (now) Uzbekistan, but from Imam-Baba, Turkmenistan.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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