Tetramorium annectens

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Tetramorium annectens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. annectens
Binomial name
Tetramorium annectens
Pisarski, 1969

Nothing is known about the biology of Tetramorium annectens.

Identification

Csösz, Radchenko and Schulz (2007) - Workers of T. annectens can be separated from related species (except for Tetramorium sulcinode) by the well visible psammophore and the large eyes. See T. sulcinode for differences from T. annectens.

Gynes of T. annectens can be distinguished by the well visible psammophore, short and smooth scape without a dorsal carina basally, wide scutum, extremely narrow petiole, and partly smooth katepisternum.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

NE China and Mongolia.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Csosz et al. 2007. FIGURES 25–31. Tetramorium annectens Pisarski, 1969. Gyne: alitrunk petiole and postpetiole, Fig. 25. dorsal view, Fig. 26. lateral view, Fig. 27. head. Worker: Fig. 28. head. Alitrunk petiole and postpetiole, Fig. 29. dorsal view, Fig. 30. lateral view, Fig. 31. scape, dorsal view.

Nomenclature

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

  • annectens. Tetramorium annectens Pisarski, 1969a: 230 (w.) CHINA. [First available use of Tetramorium caespitum subsp. jacoti var. annectens Wheeler, W.M. 1927d: 7; unavailable name.] Csösz, Radchenko & Schulz, 2007: 17 (q.m.). Junior synonym of jacoti: Radchenko. 1992b: 51. Revived from synonymy: Csösz, Radchenko & Schulz, 2007: 16. See also: Yasumatsu, 1962: 96; Dlussky & Pisarski, 1970: 86.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

Csösz, Radchenko and Schulz (2007) - (figs 28–31). Small size, CS 675 [645, 703]. Whole body and appendages dark brown to black. Head slightly longer than broad, CL/CW 1.02 [1.0, 1.05], with very feebly convex sides, straight occipital margin and rounded occipital corners. Eyes very large, EYE 0.205 [0.196, 0.214]. Frons moderately wide, FR/CS 0.39 [0.38, 0.40], frontal lobes as wide as frons, or slightly wider, FL/FR 1.02 [1.0, 1.04]. Scape moderately long, SL/CS 0.76 [0.73, 0.77], with short, hardly visible dorsal carina basally, smooth and shiny. Promesonotal dorsum slightly convex, metanotal groove shallow, but distinct. Propodeal teeth very short. Petiolar node trapezoidal in profile, NOH/NOL 1.10 [0.96, 1.25], petiole relatively high, PEH/NOL 2.06 [1.96, 2.12]. General appearance rugose, ground surface coarsely microreticulate, dull. Head dorsum longitudinally rugoso-reticulate, ground surface coarsely microreticulate, occiput and sides rugoso-reticulate and coarsely microreticulate. Dorsum of alitrunk rugoso-reticulate and microreticulate, mesopleuron coarsely microreticulate. Dorsum of petiolar node rugoso-reticulate and microreticulate, dorsum of postpetiole longitudinally rugulose and microreticulate. Polygonal striation continuous on 1st gastral tergite (see fig. 8.), disrupted posteriorly. Basal part of 1st gastral tergite sometimes very feebly costulate (not microreticulate), extending to 120μm [80, 170] from gaster-postpetiole junction. Ventral surface of head with row of short and very long psammophore arising just posteriorly to buccal cavity (see fig. 3, 4.).

Queen

Csösz, Radchenko and Schulz (2007) - The only known gyne is poorly preserved: postpetiole and gaster are missing (figs 25 and 26.) ventral surface of head is very dusty and covered by glue, wherefore setae are not visible.

(figs 25–27). Morphometric data of single known gyne: CL: 985; CW: 1010; FR: 385; FL: 385; SL: 715; ML: : ; MW: 920; PEW: 350; PEH: 435; NOH: 235; NOL: 170; PEL: 250; PPW: :; PPL: :; PPH: :; SPL: 170; SPSP: 270; Small size, CS 997.5. Whole body and appendages black. Head nearly square, CL/CW 0.98 with feebly convex sides, straight occipital margin and rounded occipital corners. Frons wide, FR/CS 0.39, frontal lobes as wide as frons FL/FR 1.0. Scape short, SL/CS 0.72, without dorsal carina basally, smooth and shiny. Head wider than scutum, MW/CS 0.92. Propodeal teeth moderately long. Dorsal crest of petiolar node straight in frontal view; dorsum blunt in profile. Petiole extremely narrow, CS/PEW: 2.85. General appearance rugulose, ground surface feebly microreticulate, shiny. Head dorsum, occiput and sides ruguloso-reticulate, ground surface microreticulate. Frons longitudinally rugose and feebly microreticulate. Scutum longitudinally rugose (mainly medially), anteriorly and laterally smooth, scutellum more or less smooth medially, laterally finely rugulose. Sides of alitrunk ruguloso-reticulate and microreticulate, ventral part of katepisternum smooth and shiny. Dorsum of petiolar node reticulate, medially smooth.

Male

Csösz, Radchenko and Schulz (2007) - Whole body and appendages black. Head with convex sides, straight occipital margin and widely rounded occipital corners. Scutum slightly wider than head. Propodeal teeth short, in profile thin, very short protuberance is visible. Dorsal crest of petiolar node with sharp, transversal edge, slightly emarginate in frontal view. Head with irregular rugulae ground surface microreticulate, dull. Scutum and scutellum irregularly rugulose, partially smooth and shiny. Sides of alitrunk longitudinally rugose, ventral part of katepisternum smooth and shiny. Dorsum of petiolar node coarsely reticulate, postpetiole finely longitudinally rugulose. Polygonal striae disrupted on 1st gastral tergite.

Type Material

Csösz, Radchenko and Schulz (2007) - Syntype “Pei Hai”, “Peking, China” [CHINA], “N. Gist Gee”, “cotypes”, W. M. Wheeler, Museum of Comparative Zoology “es” type, “45. 210652”, Inst. Zool. P.A.N., “65/66.”

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Csősz S., A. Radchenko, and A. Schulz. 2007. Taxonomic revision of the Palaearctic Tetramorium chefketi species complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 1405: 1-38.
  • Dlussky G. M., and B. Pisarski. 1970. Formicidae aus der Mongolei. Ergebnisse der Mongolisch-Deutschen Biologischen Expeditionen seit 1962, Nr. 46. Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Berlin 46: 85-90.
  • Pisarski B. 1969. Fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de la Mongolie. Fragmenta Faunistica (Warsaw). 15: 221-236.