Tapinoma melanocephalum

Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 36

publication ID

6175

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/F2D63096-F3B7-C185-D4F7-8D843A5090C8

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scientific name

Tapinoma melanocephalum
status

 

Tapinoma melanocephalum  HNS  (Fabricius, 1793)

Formica melanocephala Fabricius  HNS  , 1793:353.

Worker. Distinctively bicoloured, head brown, alitrunk and gaster pale yellowish with variable brown patches; legs and antennae very pale. Prothorax laterally compressed, broadening anteriorly. Length: 1.5-2 mm.

Queen. Colour as worker. Alitrunk enlarged. Length: 2.5 mm.

Male. Head and dorsum of alitrunk dark, gaster pale with indefinite dark markings, wings and legs very pale. Length: 2.0 mm.

Biology. This is frequently introduced in plant material or produce from the tropics and has occasionally become established in heated or domestic premises in the British Isles. It is a very well known and widely distributed house pest in the tropics where it lives by scavenging.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Tapinoma