Tetramorium tenuicrine

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Tetramorium tenuicrine
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Tetramorium
Species: T. tenuicrine
Binomial name
Tetramorium tenuicrine
(Emery, 1914)

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Specimen Labels

Reported from rainforest habitat.


Bolton (1977) - This species, known only from New Caledonia and the Fiji Islands, represents the furthest easterly penetration of Tetramorium species with 11 antennal segments. It is not easy to relate this form to any other II-segmented species but its lack of propodeal armament and very reduced sculpture make it easily identifiable.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 16.766667° to -20.992°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Caledonia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: Fiji.

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.

  • tenuicrine. Xiphomyrmex tenuicrinis Emery, 1914f: 416 (w.) NEW CALEDONIA. Combination in Tetramorium: Bolton, 1977: 88.

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



Bolton (1977) - TL 3.40-3.80, HL 0.74-0.80, HW 0.64-0.74, CI 83-90, SL 0.58-0.68, SI 85-92, PW 0.52-0.58, AL 0.88-1.02 (20 measured).

Mandibles feebly striate to virtually smooth. Frontal carinae extending well beyond the level of the posterior margins of the eyes, forming the upper boundary of the feebly developed scrobe which is scarcely more than a shallow groove, not capable of containing the entire scape. Propodeum rounded to bluntly angulate but without spines or teeth, the metapleural lobes triangular and well developed. Node of petiole in profile longer than high, the anterior and dorsal surfaces confluent through a gentle curve (Fig. 13). In dorsal view both pedicel segments subglobular. Dorsum of head with median longitudinal carina present and with one or two short rugulae on each side of it, otherwise unsculptured. Promesonotal dorsum unsculptured or with a few very faint longitudinal rugulae separated by wide shining areas; propodeal dorsum usually with a few very fine rugulae. Pedicel segments and gaster smooth and shining, unsculptured. All dorsal surfaces of head and body with numerous long, fine hairs. Colour very variable. In series examined the colour has varied from entirely clear pale yellow to entirely blackish brown, the most common intermediate pattern being head and alitrunk (and usually pedicel) blackish brown, gaster and appendages yellow. Forms also occur in which the gaster is darker in shade than the alitrunk.

Type Material

Bolton (1977) - Holotype worker, New Caledonia: Vallee de la Ngoi (Sarasin & Roux) (location of type not known).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton B. 1977. The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions, and in Australia. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 36:67-151.
  • Bolton, B. "The ant tribe Tetramoriini (Hymenoptera: Formicinae. The genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Oriental and Indo-Australian regions and in Australia." Bulletin of the British Museum (National History): Entomology series 36, no. 2 (1977): 68-151.
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