Tetramorium inglebyi

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Tetramorium inglebyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species group: inglebyi
Species: T. inglebyi
Binomial name
Tetramorium inglebyi
Forel, 1902

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Specimen Labels

One collection records states it was collected in evergreen forest and this is all that is known about the biology of this species.


Bolton (1977) - The closest relative of inglebyi is Tetramorium myops, also from India, but in this latter species the eyes are reduced to a single facet and the clypeus does not show the abrupt curvature which characterizes inglebyi. Other species in which the frontal carinae are very short, namely Tetramorium elisabethae, Tetramorium fergusoni, Tetramorium nursei and Tetramorium politum, may be separated by the characters given in the key.

Keys including this Species


Reported from Borneo (Wang & Foster, 2016; Zryanin, 2011) and Yunnan, China (Xu, 1998; Qiao et al., 2009; Guenard & Dunn, 2012) but these are considered to be dubious by Agavekar et al. (2017) who treat this taxon as endemic to India.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

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.

  • inglebyi. Tetramorium inglebyi Forel, 1902c: 233 (w.) INDIA. See also: Bolton, 1977: 111.

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



Bolton (1977) - TL 2.8, HL 0.74, HW 0.64, CI 86, SL 0.46, SI 72, PW 0.46, AL 0.76.

Clypeus very strongly down curved in its apical half so that the true median anterior border cannot be seen in full-face view. Frontal carinae very short, not extending to level of eyes, terminating just behind the expanded lobes over the antennal insertions. Antennal scrobes absent. Eyes small, maximum diameter c. 0.10 or about 0.16x HW. Propodeal spines short and stout, abruptly upcurved at the extreme apices. Metapleural lobes broadly triangular and acute, feebly upcurved. Petiole node in dorsal view approximately as long as broad, postpetiole subglobular, slightly broader than long. First gastral tergite in dorsal view with the anterolateral corners rounded and extended forwards to surround the articulation with the postpetiole, the margin of the tergite between the corners strongly concave. Dorsum of head with fine, predominantly longitudinal and somewhat uneven rugulation which grades into a reticulum posteriorly and on the sides. Dorsal alitrunk with sparse rugosity, the mesonotum predominantly unsculptured. Petiole and post petiole dorsally mostly unsculptured, with faint rugulation towards the sides; gaster unsculptured. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous fine erect hairs. Colour uniform yellow-brown.

Type Material

Bolton (1977) - Holotype worker, India: Travancore (lngleby) (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève) [examined].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Dad J. M., S. A. Akbar, H. Bharti, and A. A. Wachkoo. 2019. Community structure and ant species diversity across select sites ofWestern Ghats, India. Acta Ecologica Sinica 39: 219–228.
  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Hu X., S. Xu, P. Peng, X. Wang, Z. Sheng, Q. Lin, and L. Lu. 2014. Study on Diversity of Family Formicidae in Major Tea Areas of Chongqing. Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences 27(1): 136-141.
  • Hu X., S. Xu, P. Peng, X. Wang, Z. Sheng, Q. Lin, and L. Lu. 2014. Study on diversity of family Formicidae in major tea areas of Chongqing. Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences 27(1): 136-141.
  • Li Q., Y. Chen, S. Wang, Y. Zheng, Y. Zhu, and S. Wang. 2009. Diversity of ants in subtropical evergreen broadleaved forest in Pu'er City, Yunnan. Biodiversity Science 17(3): 233-239.
  • Lu Z., K. Li, N. Zhang, and Y. Chen. 2017. Diversity and indicator species of leaf-litter ants in Eucalyptus grandis plantations and secondary natural forests. Forest Research 29(4): 576-580
  • Rajan P. D., M. Zacharias, and T. M. Mustak Ali. 2006. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Fauna of Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (Karnataka). Conservation Area Series, Zool. Surv. India.i-iv,27: 153-188.
  • Xu Z. H., B. L. Yang, and G. Hu. 1999. Formicidae ant communities in fragments of montane rain forest in Xishuangbanna, China. Zoological Research 20(4): 288-293.
  • Xu Z. 1998. A report of fourty-one ant species newly recorded in China from Xishuangbanna District of Yunnan Province (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zhongguo Xue Shu Qi Kan Wen Zhai 4: 1119-1121.
  • Zhang N. N., Y. Q. Chen, Z. X. Lu, W. Zhang, and K. L. Li. 2013. Species diversity, community structure difference and indicator species of leaf-litter ants in rubber plantations and secondary natural forests in Yunnan, southwestern China. Acta Entomologica Sinica 56(11): 1314-1323.
  • Zryanin V. A. 2011. An eco-faunistic review of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). In: Structure and functions of soil communities of a monsoon tropical forest (Cat Tien National Park, southern Vietnam) / A.V. Tiunov (Editor). – M.: KMK Scientific Press. 2011. 277 р.101-124.