Tetramorium nosybe

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

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Specimen Labels

Found mainly on the island of Nosy Be, but a few specimens were sampled from two localities in western Madagascar. These localities, Ampasindava and Manongarivo, are less than 100 km away from Nosy Be. In addition, T. nosybe was only collected from rainforest habitats at elevations from 30 to 600 m, and seems to live in leaf litter, on the ground, or in lower vegetation. (Hita Garcia and Fisher 2012)


A member of the Tetramorium bonibony-species group

Tetramorium nosybe can be recognised within the T. bonibony group by the following character combination: anterior face of pronotum well developed but without a distinct anterodorsal protuberance; petiolar node triangular cuneiform, strongly anteroposteriorly compressed dorsally, and strongly transverse in dorsal view (LPeI 38 - 43; DPeI 232 - 279); body of uniform brown colour. (Hita Garcia and Fisher 2012)

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -13.41638889° to -24.98333333°.

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 nosybeWorker. Specimen code casent0422207. Photographer Will Ericson, 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.

  • nosybe. Tetramorium nosybe Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012: 39, figs. 39, 41, 51-53 (w.) MADAGASCAR.

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



HL 0.71 - 0.78 (0.76); HW 0.71 - 0.78 (0.76); SL 0.50 - 0.54 (0.53); EL 0.15 - 0.18 (0.16); PH 0.42 - 0.49 (0.46); PW 0.53 - 0.61 (0.57); WL 0.91 - 1.01 (0.96); PSL 0.28 - 0.33 (0.31); PTL 0.11 - 0.15 (0.13); PTH 0.29 - 0.34 (0.31); PTW 0.29 - 0.35 (0.32); PPL 0.22 - 0.25 (0.23); PPH 0.30 - 0.35 (0.33); PPW 0.29 - 0.35 (0.33); CI 99 - 101 (100); SI 68 - 71 (69); OI 21 - 23 (22); DMI 58 - 60 (59); LMI 46 - 50 (48); PSLI 39 - 44 (41); PeNI 54 - 58 (57); LPeI 38 - 43 (41); DPeI 232 - 279 (251); PpNI 54 - 59 (57); LPpI 68 - 73 (70); DPpI 132 - 146 (141); PPI 100 - 105 (102) (10 measured).

Head as long as wide (CI 99 - 101). Anterior clypeal margin with median impression. Frontal carinae moderately developed, fading out shortly before posterior head margin. Antennal scrobes absent. Antennal scapes short, not reaching posterior head margin (SI 68 - 71). Eyes small to moderate (OI 21 - 23). Mesosoma with well-developed anterior face of pronotum, but without a distinct anterodorsal median protuberance on pronotum, mesosoma weakly to moderately marginate from lateral to dorsal mesosoma; promesonotal suture and metanotal groove absent; mesosoma comparatively high, compact, and stout (LMI 46 - 50). Propodeal spines very long, spinose, and acute (PSLI 39 - 44); propodeal lobes small and triangular. Petiolar node in profile triangular cuneiform, strongly anteroposteriorly compressed dorsally, approximately 2.3 to 2.6 times higher than long (LPeI 38 - 43), anterior and posterior faces not parallel, node in dorsal view distinctly transverse and comparatively thin, between 2.3 to 2.8 times wider than long (DPeI 232 - 279). Postpetiole in profile approximately rounded, approximately 1.3 to 1.5 times higher than long (LPpI 68 - 73), in dorsal view approximately 1.3 to 1.5 times wider than long (DPpI 132 - 146). Postpetiole in profile more voluminous than petiolar node, in dorsal view as wide as petiolar node to slightly wider (PPI 100 - 105). Mandibles striate; clypeus with one distinct median longitudinal ruga and one or two often weaker rugae at each side; cephalic dorsum between frontal carinae anteriorly and centrally longitudinally rugose and posteriorly reticulate-rugose, dorsum with five to nine longitudinal rugae, rugae ending close to posterior head margin but often broken or with cross-meshes, always with one well-developed longitudinal median ruga, median ruga running from posterior head margin to posterior clypeal margin, approximately at eye level diverging into two rugae leading to posterior clypeal margin; lateral and ventral head mainly reticulate-rugose to longitudinally rugose. Ground sculpture on head weakly to moderately reticulate-punctate. Lateral mesosoma reticulate-rugose to irregularly longitudinally rugose; dorsal mesosoma anteriorly strongly reticulate-rugose, posteriorly reticulate-rugose to longitudinally rugose. Waist segments and gaster unsculptured, smooth, and shiny. All dorsal surfaces of body with abundant, long, fine, and erect pilosity. Body of uniform dark brown colour.

Type Material

Holotype worker, MADAGASCAR, Antsiranana, Nosy Be, Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Lokobe, 6.3 km 112° ESE Hellville, 13.41933 S, 48.33117 E, 30 m, rainforest, beating low vegetation, collection code BLF3426, 19.-24.III.2001 (B.L. Fisher, C. Griswold et al.) (California Academy of Sciences: CASENT0422207). Paratypes, five workers with same data as holotype (CASC: CASENT0404427; CASENT0404429; CASENT0404430); four workers with same data as holotype except sampled from sifted litter and collection code BLF3422 (CASC: CASENT0466777; CASENT0467021; CASENT0467100; CASENT0467118); eight workers with same data as holotype except sampled ex rotten stick on ground and collection code BLF3495 (The Natural History Museum: CASENT0428029; CASC: CASENT0427995; CASENT0427996; CASENT0428028; CASENT0428080); and two workers with same data as holotype except sampled from low vegetation and collection code BLF3518 (CASC: CASENT0428020; Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève: CASENT0428021).


The name of the new species refers to the island of Nosy Be where the type series was collected. It is a noun in apposition, and thus invariant.