Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius, 1793)

Cedric A. Collingwood, Donat Agosti, Mostafa R. Sharaf & Antonius van Harten, 2011, Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae, Arthropod fauna of the UAE 4, pp. 1-70: 11-12

publication ID

10.5281/zenodo.1168586

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius, 1793)
status

 

Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius, 1793)  Plates 27–29View Plates 27–29, 36View Plates 35–37, 54View Plates 53–58

Specimens examined: Al-Ain, 12.iii.2005, CAC. Al-Ajban, 9.xi–7.12.2005, LT & MT, AvH. Sharjah Desert Park, 5–6.x.2004, AvH.

Distribution: Another invasive species with a world-wide distribution ( Wetterer, 2009a). This species feeds upon many household foods, it seems to show a preference for sweets, having been observed feeding on sugar, cakes, and syrups ( Smith, 1965). Outdoors the workers are scavengers, consume dead insects and tend sap-sucking insects, collecting honeydew. Recorded from the UAE (al-Ain) by Collingwood, Tigar & Agosti (1997). Also known from Yemen.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Tapinoma