Tetraponera clypeata

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Tetraponera clypeata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Pseudomyrmecinae
Genus: Tetraponera
Species group: allaborans
Species: T. clypeata
Binomial name
Tetraponera clypeata
(Emery, 1886)

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A member of the Tetraponera allaborans species-group.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.3725° to -34.76667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (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.

  • clypeata. Sima clypeata Emery, 1886: 361, pl. 17, figs. 4, 5 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Emery, 1895h: 24 (w.); Emery, 1899c: 6 (l.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1956: 390 (l.).
    • Combination in S. (Tetraponera): Arnold, 1916: 182.
    • Combination in Tetraponera: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 797.
    • Senior synonym of braunsi: Ward, 2022: 26.
  • braunsi. Sima braunsi Forel, 1913a: 112 (w.q.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Combination in S. (Tetraponera): Arnold, 1916: 184.
    • Combinationin Tetraponera: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 797.
    • Subspecies of clypeata: Arnold, 1916: 184; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 797.
    • Revived status as species: Ward, 1990: 488.
    • Junior synonym of clypeata: Ward, 2022: 26.

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



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1916. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part II. Ponerinae, Dorylinae. Annals of the South African Museum. 14: 159-270.
  • Baroni Urbani C. 1977. Katalog der Typen von Formicidae (Hymenoptera) der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel (2. Teil). Mitt. Entomol. Ges. Basel (n.s.) 27: 61-102.
  • Braschler B., S. L. Chown, and K. J.Gaston. 2012. The Fynbos and Succulent Karoo Biomes Do Not Have Exceptional Local Ant Richness. PLoS ONE 7(3): e31463.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031463
  • Emery C. 1886. Alcune formiche africane. Bullettino della Società Entomologica Italiana 18: 355-366.
  • Emery C. 1895. Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3e mémoire. Formicides. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 64: 15-56.
  • Emery C. 1899. Intorno alle larve di alcune formiche. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5) 8: 3-10.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004