Tapinoma latifrons

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Tapinoma latifrons
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Tapinoma
Species: T. latifrons
Binomial name
Tapinoma latifrons
(Karavaiev, 1933)

Iridomyrmex latifrons Karavaiev was transferred to the genus Tapinoma by Heterick & Shattuck (2011). The holotype specimen does not possess a petiolar node (this can be ascertained, despite the fact that the petiole is partially hidden by the collapsed gaster). The absence of a node requires the specimen to be removed from the genus Iridomyrmex, whose taxa all possess a node or a nodiform ridge. The holotype specimen can also be excluded from the dolichoderine genus Technomyrmex due to only four gastral tergites being visible in dorsal view (five tergites are visible in Technomyrmex). Finally, the insertion of the posterior sector of the clypeus between the frontal carinae is a broad arc, a feature that separates Tapinoma species from the Australian genus Doleromyrma, in which the suture demarcating the posterior clypeal border is more narrowly rectangular in appearance (Heterick, 2009). All other visible features of the worker are consistent with the genus Tapinoma as characterised by Bolton (1994).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (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.

  • latifrons. Iridomyrmex latifrons Karavaiev, 1933a: 305, fig. 1 (w.) INDONESIA (Java). Combination in Tapinoma: Heterick & Shattuck, 2011: 167. See also: Shattuck, 1992a: 15.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Heterick B. E., and S. Shattuck. 2011. Revision of the ant genus Iridomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 2845: 1-174.
  • Karavaiev V. 1933. Ameisen aus dem Indo-Australischen Gebiet, VII. Konowia 11: 305-320.
  • Shattuck S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). University of California Publications in Entomology 112: i-xix, 1-241.