Tapinoma (genus)

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Tapinoma sessile (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Tom Murray
Source: BugGuide

Tapinoma Foerster, 1850

This genus of ants contains more than 100 species, some of which are important urban pests. In the field they can be found in a variety of habitats and most construct nests in the ground and under logs or stones. The genus is characterized by a number of characters, related to the structure of the mouth parts and the base of the abdomen. E.g. the mandibles have two or three large apical teeth, followed by a row of denticles.

Type species: Tapinoma collina (syn. of Tapinoma erratica)

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: