Tetramorium noratum

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

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Specimen labels

This species has been found in forest habitat litter-samples. Heterick & Kitching (2022) collected this species in a pitfall trap within a lowland dipterocarp forest in Brunei.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 5.016666667° to 4.966666667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia (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.

  • noratum. Tetramorium noratum Bolton, 1977: 81, fig. 9 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA.

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



Holotype. TL 4.5, HL 1.04, HW 0.98, CI 94, SL 0.96, SI 98, PW 0.72, AL 1.22.

Mandibles striate, clypeus with a shallow median impression in the anterior margin. Sides of head evenly shallowly convex, the eyes prominent and quite small, maximum diameter c. 0.20. In full-face view the occipital margin broadly and quite deeply concave. Frontal carinae strongly developed and extending back almost to the occipital margin where they merge into the rest of the sculpture. Antennal scrobes poorly developed, represented by a groove below the frontal carinae which is mostly unsculptured but is considerably shorter than the scape. Pronotal corners angulate in dorsal view. Propodeal spines very long, the metapleural teeth triangular, acute and slightly upcurved. Dorsum of petiole longer than broad, the true dorsal surface a narrow strip as the sides of the petiole are convergent dorsally. In profile the dorsal surface of the petiole is strongly convex and meets the anterior face through a shallow curve so that the two are not separated by an angle. Postpetiole strongly convex dorsally. Head reticulate-rugose, more strongly so posteriorly as anteriorly the cross-meshes tend to be reduced or absent, leaving only the longitudinal component. Dorsal ali trunk reticulate-rugose but more loose and disorganized than on the head, the rugae forming sharp raised ridges. Petiole, post petiole and gaster completely unsculptured, smooth and highly polished. Dorsal surfaces of body with numerous erect or suberect hairs, those on the head and alitrunk longer than those on the gaster. The longest head and ali trunk hairs twice as long as the maximum diameter of the eye. Colour light brown, shining.

Paratypes. As holotype, with a range of: TL 4.0-4.6, HL 0.98-1.06, HW 0.88-0.98, CI 90-95, SL 0.84-0.98, SI 95-100, PW 0.68-0.74, AL 1.14-1.22 (12 measured).

Type Material

Holotype worker, West Malaysia: Malaya, Pahang, Fraser's Hill, c. 1220 m, hill forest, l5.viii.1967 (R. Crozier) (Museum of Comparative Zoology). Paratypes. West Malaysia: 12 workers with same data as holotype. Borneo: 1 worker, Pulau Laut c. 6 km E. Stagen dock, 3.vii.1972, rain forest (w. L. Brown) (MCZC; The Natural History Museum).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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