Tetramorium semireticulatum

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Tetramorium semireticulatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. semireticulatum
Binomial name
Tetramorium semireticulatum
Arnold, 1917

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Specimen Labels


Known only from Arnold's 1915 type series.


Bolton (1980) - A member of the Tetramorium capense species group. At first glance this obscure little species seems to belong to the simillimum-group, but its notched clypeus and fine pilosity exclude it from there. Considering the whole ant, it shows a number of different characters together which individually are well developed in various other groups, but nowhere except here are they all found in combination. It is thus an overabundance of specialized characters rather than a lack of them which makes T. semireticulatum impossible to place at present.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -20.16667° to -20.58333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Zimbabwe (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • semireticulatum. Tetramorium semireticulatum Arnold, 1917: 319 (w.m.) ZIMBABWE. Arnold, 1926: 265 (q.). Senior synonym of politum: Bolton, 1980: 361.
  • politum. Tetramorium semireticulatum var. politum Arnold, 1948: 225 (w.) ZIMBABWE. [Unresolved junior primary homonym of politum Emery, above.] Junior synonym of semireticulatum: Bolton, 1980: 361.

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



Bolton (1980) - TL 2.3-2.9, HL 0.60-0.72, HW 0.52-0.63, CI 86-90, SL 0.44-0.54, SI 85-91, PW 0.38-0.48, AL 0.66-0.82 (12 measured).

Mandibles longitudinally striate. Anterior clypeal margin with a conspicuous median notch or impression. True frontal carinae very short, ending at or in front of the level of the anterior margin of the eye, only rarely extending slightly further back and with considerable variation in a single series. In some specimens the carinae may appear longer but this is an illusion caused by the presence of rugulae on the dorsum and their absence from the sides of the head ; these rugulae are not connected to the frontal carinae. Eyes small, maximum diameter 0.09-0.12, about 0.16-0.19 x HW and with 4-6 ommatidia in the longest transverse row. In profile the eye usually with a small prominence or point at the anteroventral corner. Propodeum in profile armed with a pair of short triangular teeth which are at most as long as the metapleural lobes, usually shorter than them. Petiole in profile with the anterodorsal angle almost or quite right-angular, the posterodorsal angle more obtuse or rounded. In dorsal view the node generally slightly broader than long but in some about as broad as long. All dorsal surfaces of head, alitrunk, petiole, postpetiole, and at least the basal third of (but sometimes all of) the first gastral tergite blanketed by a very dense fine conspicuous reticulate-puncturation which dominates any other sculpture which may be present. Dorsum of head with a few fine, feeble longitudinal rugulae and dorsal alitrunk also with some weak rugulae which are usually confined to the pronotum, generally forming a sparse reticulum anteriorly. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with a number of fine acute quite short hairs, but the scapes and tibiae only with minute decumbent to appressed pubescence. Colour yellowish brown to mid-brown, sometimes with a dull reddish tint.

Type Material

Bolton (1980) - Syntype workers, male, RHODESIA: Bulawayo, Hillside, 9.v.1915 (G. Arnold) (The Natural History Museum; Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe) [examined].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection