Tapinoma nigerrimum (Nylander, 1856) valid
Formica nigerrima Nylander, 1856b: 71 (w.) FRANCE. Palearctic.
Primary type information: Neotype (designated by Seifert et al., 2017: 126), major worker, Prades-le-Lez - 1.5 SE, 88 m, France, 43.6843°N 3.8763°E, 30 April 2012, Kaufmann, SMN Görlitz; Neotype is top specimen on a pin with four workers. The neotype nest sample totals 18 males, 2 gynes, and 24 workers. Monodomous colony. Seifert et al. (2017) - As types are not present in the Nylander collection in Helsinki, a neotype was fixed. The descriptive statements in the original description allow to conclude on a Tapinoma nigerrimum complex species but not which of the four cryptic species Nylander could have seen. Yet, the type locality "Locus aridis prope Monspelium" (Dry locality near Montpellier) gives an indication. Accordingly, we fixed a neotype in the species accounting for any of the nine Tapinoma nigerrimum complex colonies found within a radius of less than 20 km around Montpellier under exclusion of the immediate shore line.
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