Tapinoma minutum

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Tapinoma minutum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. minutum
Binomial name
Tapinoma minutum
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen Labels


This species was studied by Herbers (1991): Nests of Tapinoma minutum were collected and mapped from a wet sclerophyll forest in New South Wales during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Queen number was variable, indicating the population is both facultatively polygynous and polydomous. Electrophoretic data from three polymorphic enzymes revealed that relatedness among workers conformed to the Hamiltonian expectation of 0.75. Colony boundaries were inferred from electrophoretic data synthesized with nest spatial locations. For this species colonies were composed of at most three nests; this simple pattern of polydomy suggests it has a recent origin in this population. The pattern of facultative polygyny may be linked to an apparent high rate of colony orphaning.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 14.297° to -41.1°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Guinea, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

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.


Flight Period

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Source: antkeeping.info.



Images from AntWeb

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Not ProvidedWorker. Specimen code casent0177147. Photographer Evan P. Economo, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by EPEC.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0249767. Photographer Shannon Hartman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by PSWC, Philip S. Ward Collection.


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

  • minutum. Tapinoma minutum Mayr, 1862: 703 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, W.M. 1909a: 27 (q.). Combination in T. (Micromyrma): Santschi, 1928e: 472. Material of the unavailable name fullawayi referred here by Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 82. Current subspecies: nominal plus broomense, cephalicum, integrum.

Type Material



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