Tapinoma pygmaeum

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Tapinoma pygmaeum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. pygmaeum
Binomial name
Tapinoma pygmaeum
(Dufour, 1857)

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 43.759193° to 42.001944°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: France (type locality), Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Netherlands, Spain.

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.

  • pygmaeum. Micromyrma pygmaea Dufour, 1857: 61 (w.) FRANCE. Espadaler, 1978: 122 (q.m.). Combination in Tapinoma: Roger, 1859: 240; in T. (Micromyrma): Menozzi, 1925a: 17. Junior synonym of erraticum: Dalla Torre, 1893: 165; Emery, 1913a: 40. Revived from synonymy: Menozzi, 1925a: 17; Emery, 1925d: 62. Senior synonym of confusum: Smith, M.R. 1951a: 837. See also: Smith, M.R. 1958c: 141; Kutter, 1977c: 182.
  • dufouri. Micromyrma dufouri Donisthorpe, 1943f: 662. Unnecessary replacement name for Micromyrma pygmaea Dufour, 1857: 61. [Junior primary homonym of dufourii Perris, above.] Replacement name (unnecessary): Tapinoma confusum Smith, M.R. 1951a: 837.
  • confusum. Tapinoma confusum Smith, M.R. 1951a: 837. Unnecessary replacement name for dufouri Donisthorpe, 1943f: 662. [Unnecessary replacement name for pygmaea Dufour, 1857: 61.] Junior synonym of pygmaeum: Smith, M.R. 1951a: 837.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • AntArea. Accessed on February 5th 2014 at http://antarea.fr/fourmi/
  • Antarea (at www.antarea.fr on June 11th 2017)
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  • Bernard F. 1967. Faune de l'Europe et du Bassin Méditerranéen. 3. Les fourmis (Hymenoptera Formicidae) d'Europe occidentale et septentrionale. Paris: Masson, 411 pp.
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Casevitz-Weulersse J., and C. Galkowski. 2009. Liste actualisee des Fourmis de France (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 114: 475-510.
  • Colindre L. 2015. Les fourmis en Picardie: bilan 2014 (Hymenoptera/ Formicidae). Entomologiste Picard 26, 15 pages.
  • Emery C. 1925. Revision des espèces paléarctiques du genre Tapinoma. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 32: 45-64.
  • Espadaler, X., and E. García-Berthou. "Tapinoma pygmaeum (Dufour, 1857) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), not a rare species." Orsis 12 (1997): 89-92.
  • GRETIA. 2017. Bilan annuel de l'enquete sur la repartition des fourmis armoricaines. 23 pages.
  • Galkowski C. 2008. Quelques fourmis nouvelles ou intéressantes pour la faune de France (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Bulletin de la Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux, 143, N.S. 36, 4 : 423-433.
  • Galkowski C., and J. Casevitz-Weulersse. 2008. Temnothorax clypeatus (Mayr) en France (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae). L'Entomologiste 64(4): 233-238.
  • Menozzi C. 1925. Note staccate di mirmecologia. Bollettino della Società Entomologica Italiana. 57: 17-22.
  • Peru L. 1999. Quelques ajouts et corrections a un catalogue des fourmis de la region Centre (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Bulletin de l'Entomologie Tourangelles 20(1): 9-12.