Tetramorium deceptum

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Tetramorium deceptum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. deceptum
Binomial name
Tetramorium deceptum
Bolton, 1977

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Type Specimen Label

Known from rainforest and Araucaria forest litter samples.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -10.75° to -16.08333015°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • deceptum. Tetramorium deceptum Bolton, 1977: 146 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

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



Holotype. TL 2.9, HL 0.68, HW 0.64, CI 94, SL 0.48, SI 75, PW 0.48, AL 0.80.

Mandibles striate, anterior clypeal margin entire. Frontal carinae extending back well beyond the level of the eyes but only weakly developed, not stronger than the remaining cephalic sculpture. Antennal scrobes present but only weakly developed. Eyes of moderate size, maximum diameter c. 0.14. Occipital margin broadly but shallowly concave in full-face view, the sides of the head behind the eyes feebly convex. Pronotal corners rounded in dorsal view. Dorsal alitrunk evenly but shallowly convex in profile. Propodeal spines short, stout and acute in profile, more or less straight, only fractionally longer than the metapleural lobes; the latter elongate-triangular and upcurved. Petiole in profile with a narrow, weakly downcurved anterior peduncle and a relatively high, blocky node. Dorsal and posterior surfaces of the node meet in a curve which is much less pronounced than the angle separating anterior and dorsal surfaces; dorsum of node feebly convex in profile. In dorsal view the petiole node is very slightly broader than long, broadest posteriorly. Dorsum of head with numerous longitudinal fine low rugulae, the majority of which are irregular or show some tendency to meander. The spaces between rugulae show a quite conspicuous reticulate-punctate ground sculpture. Dorsal alitrunk sculptured much as head but the rugulae tending to form a weak reticulum on the pronotum and the puncture between them somewhat less conspicuous. Sides of pronotum reticulate-rugulose, the remainder of the sides of the alitrunk with fine longitudinal rugulae and conspicuously reticulate-punctate inters paces. Sides of petiole and postpetiole, and the dorsum of the petiole faintly rugulose with still fainter punctulation, but the postpetiole dorsum tending to be unsculptured at least mediodorsally. Gaster unsculptured. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous fine hairs of varying length but antennal scapes and dorsal (outer) surfaces of hind tibiae only with very short, fine, sub decumbent to decumbent hairs. Colour dark brown, the appendages yellowish brown.

Paratypes. TL 2.8-2.9, HL 0.66-0.68, HW 0.60-0.64, CI 90-94, SL 0.46-0.48, SI 74-80, PW 0.46-0.48, AL 0.78-0.80 (4 measured). Maximum diameter of eye c. 0.13-0.14. As holotype but some showing very faint, superficial punctulation mediodorsally on postpetiole.

Type Material

Holotype worker, Australia: Queensland, Shipton's Flat (S. of Cooktown), June 58 (Darlingtons) (Museum of Comparative Zoology). Paratypes. 4 workers with same data as holotype (MCZC; The Natural History Museum).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton, B. "The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicinae. The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions and in Australia." Bulletin of the British Museum (National History): Entomology series 36, no. 2 (1977): 68-151.