Tetramorium shensiense

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Tetramorium shensiense.


Bolton (1977) - This species is close to Tetramorium pilosum of Sri Lanka and Tetramorium urbanii of Bhutan, but the former is larger than shensiense and has a differently constructed petiole node, and the latter has much longer antennal scapes and shorter propodeal spines.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 34.699355° to 34.699355°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (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.

  • shensiense. Tetramorium shensiense Bolton, 1977: 83, fig. 10 (w.) CHINA.

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



Holotype. TL 3.8, HL 0.88, HW 0.84, CI 95, SL 0.64, SI 76, PW 0.62, AL 1.04.

Mandibles striate; anterior clypeal margin with a shallow but quite distinct impression or notch medially. Clypeus with three strong carinae. Frontal carinae long and strong, extending back almost to the occiput and surmounted by a low, vertical, translucent lamella. Antennal scapes relatively short, SI < 80. Maximum diameter of eye c. 0.18. Occipital margin of head slightly indented medially, the sides of the head convex. Propodeal spines elongate, narrow, upcurved along their length. Metapleural lobes broadly and quite bluntly triangular. Petiole node in profile massive and high, the height of the tergal portion distinctly greater than the dorsal length. Anterior and posterior faces of node roughly parallel, the dorsum feebly convex. In dorsal view the petiole node about as broad in front as behind, broadest at the midlength. Dorsum of head with spaced-out relatively weak longitudinal rugulae and with sparse, very feeble cross-meshes so that the longitudinal component predominates. Occipital margin with some anastomosis of the rugulae forming a weak reticulum. Dorsal alitrunk with a weak disorganized rugoreticulum which is strongest on the pronotum. Dorsum and sides of petiole with weak rugulae but the post petiole almost completely smooth. Gaster unsculptured. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous erect hairs. Colour orange-brown but the basal portion of the antennal scapes much darker, blackish brown or black.

Paratypes. As holotype, with dimensions TL 3.7-3.8, HL 0.86-0.90, HW 0.82-0.86, CI 93-97, SL 0.64-0.66, SI 76-78, PW 0.62-0.64, AL 1.02-1.06 (3 measured).

Type Material

Holotype worker, China: Shensi Prov., Hu Hsien, 7.vi.1945 (w. L. Brown) (Museum of Comparative Zoology). Paratypes. 3 workers with same data as holotype (MCZC; The Natural History Museum).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Hua Li-zhong. 2006. List of Chinese insects Vol. IV. Pages 262-273. Sun Yat-sen university Press, Guangzhou. 539 pages.
  • Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, 2001. Report of Rapid Biodiversity Assessments at Jianfengling Nature Reserve, Southwest Hainan, 1998 and 2001. South China Forest Biodiversity Survey Report Series (Online Simplified Version): No. 3. KFBG, Hong Kong SAR, ii + 35 pp.
  • Li Z.h. 2006. List of Chinese Insects. Volume 4. Sun Yat-sen University Press
  • Skarbek C. J., M. Noack, H. Bruelheide, W. Hardtle, G. von Oheimb, T. Scholten, S. Seitz, M. Staab. 2019. A tale of scale: plot but not neighbourhood tree diversity increases leaf litter ant diversity. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13115
  • Staab M., A. Schuldt, T. Assmann, H. Bruelheide, and A.M. Klein. 2014. Ant community structure during forest succession in a subtropical forest in South-East China. Acta Oecologia 61: 32-40.
  • Zhou S.-Y. 2001. Ants of Guangxi. Guangxi Normal University Press, Guilin, China, Guilin, China. 255 pp.