Tetramorium nify

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Tetramorium nify
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. nify
Binomial name
Tetramorium nify
Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012

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Specimen Labels

Tetramorium nify is only known from five specimens from Ambatovaky, Befingotra, and Isle Saint Marie.


A member of the Tetramorium andrei species complex of the Tetramorium tortuosum-species group.

Hita Garcia and Fisher (2012) - Tetramorium nify can be clearly distinguished from the other species of the T. andrei complex by the following character combination: small eyes (OI 16 - 17); long propodeal spines (PSLI 29 - 30); posterodorsal corner of petiolar node not strongly protruding posteriorly; body very dark brown to black in colour.

Within the species complex, T. nify is another species with fairly small eyes (OI 16 - 17). The other species with comparatively small eyes are Tetramorium elf, Tetramorium electrum, Tetramorium isoelectrum, and Tetramorium isectum. The first three have very long to extremely long propodeal pines (PSLI 46 - 64), short and blunted propodeal lobes, and differently shaped petiolar nodes. Tetramorium isectum has even smaller eyes (OI 15 - 16) than T. nify, a petiolar node with the anterodorsal margin situated higher than the posterodorsal and the dorsum weakly tapering backwards, and bright orange body colour, whereas T. nify is very dark brown to black in colour and has anterodorsal and posterodorsal margins of the petiolar node at about the same height. Disregarding eye size, T. nify also cannot be confused with Tetramorium ala, Tetramorium andohahela, or Tetramorium voasary. Tetramorium andohahela has the posterodorsal corner of the petiolar node strongly protruding posteriorly, T. ala has the posterior corners of the head weakly angular and marginate, and T. voasary has a petiolar node with the anterodorsal and posterodorsal angles fairly rounded. The defining characters of the first two are absent in T. nify, and the petiole of the latter has a node with well-defined anterodorsal and posterodorsal angles, which separates it from T. voasary.

The last species of the complex, Tetramorium andrei, is morphologically very close to T. nify. The only good diagnostic character that divides them is eye size, which is much larger in T. andrei (OI 19 - 25, usually above 20). T. nify also has a petiolar node with sharper defined antero- and posterodorsal margins. The mesosoma of T. nify is also a bit shorter (DMI 59 - 63) than the one of T. andrei (DMI 50 - 60).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 16.9225° to 14.75°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (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.




Images from AntWeb

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Holotype of Tetramorium nifyWorker. Specimen code casent0163155. Photographer Shannon Hartman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.


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

  • nify. Tetramorium nify Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012: 42, figs. 61, 68, 69, 96-98 (w.) MADAGASCAR.

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



HL 0.83 - 0.95 (0.87); HW 0.82 - 0.93 (0.86); SL 0.60 - 0.66 (0.63); EL 0.14 - 0.15 (0.14); PH 0.41 - 0.51 (0.44); PW 0.61 - 0.72 (0.65); WL 1.02 - 1.21 (1.08); PSL 0.25 - 0.28 (0.26); PTL 0.30 - 0.37 (0.33); PTH 0.32 - 0.38 (0.35); PTW 0.26 - 0.31 (0.28); PPL 0.29 - 0.33 (0.31); PPH 0.32 - 0.37 (0.34); PPW 0.33 - 0.38 (0.35); CI 98 - 100 (99); SI 69 - 74 (73); OI 16 - 17 (17); DMI 59 - 63 (60); LMI 39 - 42 (41); PSLI 29 - 30 (30); PeNI 43 - 44 (43); LPeI 91 - 100 (96); DPeI 82 - 88 (84); PpNI 52 - 54 (53); LPpI 88 - 91 (90); DPpI 112 - 116 (113); PPI 121 - 125 (124) (five measured).

Head weakly longer than wider to as long as wide (CI 98 - 100). Posterior had margin weakly concave. Anterior clypeal margin weakly medially impressed. Frontal carinae strongly developed, diverging posteriorly, and ending at corners of posterior head margin. Antennal scrobes moderately developed, but shallow, narrow, and without defined posterior and ventral margins. Antennal scapes comparatively short, not reaching posterior head margin (SI 69 - 74). Eyes very small (OI 16 - 17). Mesosomal outline in profile flat, moderately marginate from lateral to dorsal mesosoma; promesonotal suture and metanotal groove absent; mesosoma comparatively stout and high (LMI 39 - 42). Propodeal spines with very broad base, up-curved, elongate-triangular, and moderately long (PSLI 29 - 30); propodeal lobes well-developed, triangular and acute. Petiolar node in profile rectangular nodiform with well-defined angles, around 1.0 to 1.1 times higher than long (LPeI 91 - 100), anterior and posterior faces approximately parallel, anterodorsal and posterodorsal margins approximately at same height, dorsum straight; node in dorsal view approximately 1.2 times longer than wide (DPeI 82 - 88). Postpetiole in profile globular, approximately 1.1 times higher than long (LPpI 88 - 91); in dorsal view around 1.1 to 1.2 times wider than long (112 - 116). Postpetiole in profile appearing less voluminous than petiolar node, in dorsal view approximately 1.2 times wider than petiolar node (PPI 121 - 125). Mandibles distinctly longitudinally rugose; clypeus longitudinally rugose, with three to five rugae; cephalic dorsum between frontal carinae with 8 to 11 longitudinal rugae, most rugae running unbroken from posterior head margin to posterior clypeus, few rugae interrupted or with cross-meshes; lateral and ventral head longitudinally rugose, rarely with cross-meshes. Mesosoma laterally and dorsally distinctly longitudinally rugose. Forecoxae unsculptured. Waist segments strongly irregularly longitudinally rugose. Gaster completely unsculptured, smooth and shining. Ground sculpture generally faint to absent everywhere on body. All dorsal surfaces of head, mesosoma, waist segments, and gaster with abundant, long, and fine standing hairs. First gastral tergite without appressed pubescence. Anterior edges of antennal scapes with erect, standing hairs. Body uniform dark brown to black in colour.

Type Material

Holotype worker, MADAGASCAR, Toamasina, Réserve Spéciale Ambatovaky, Sandrangato River, 16.81753 S, 49.29498 E, 360 m, rainforest, ex rotten log, collection code BLF24814, 25.II.2010 (B.L. Fisher et al.) (California Academy of Sciences: CASENT0163155). Paratype, one worker with same data as holotype (CASC: CASENT0163345).


The species epithet is an arbitrary combination of letters.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Hita Garcia F., and B. L. Fisher. 2012. The ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy region—taxonomic revision of the T. kelleri and T. tortuosum species groups. Zootaxa 3592: 1-85.