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Tapinoma melanocephalum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Tapinomini
Genus: Tapinoma
Förster, 1850
Type species
Tapinoma collina
74 species
  • Micromyrma Dufour, 1857
  • Neoclystopsenella Kurian, 1955
  • Pseudaphomomyrmex Wheeler, W.M., 1920
  • Semonius Forel, 1910
  • Zatapinoma Wheeler, W.M., 1928

Tapinoma (from Greek ταπείνωμα low position) is a genus of ants that belongs to the subfamily Dolichoderinae. The genus currently comprises 74[2] described species distributed worldwide in tropical and temperate regions. Members of are generalized foragers, nesting in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from grasslands, open fields, woodlands, to inside buildings. The majority of species nest in the ground under objects such as stones or tree logs, other species build nests under bark of logs and stumps, in plant cavities, insect galls or refuse piles.[3]

Tapinoma species with Wax scales



  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Tapinoma". AntCat. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Genus: Tapinoma". antweb.org. AntWeb. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Sharaf, M.; Aldawood, A.; Elhawagry, M. (2012). "A new ant species of the genus Tapinoma (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Saudi Arabia with a key to the Arabian species". ZooKeys. 212 (212): 35–43. PMC 3428702Freely accessible. PMID 22933848. doi:10.3897/zookeys.212.3325. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Tapinoma at Wikimedia Commons