Tetramorium levigatus Karawajew, 1926



Status. A rare species of restricted distribution. According to IUCN criteria categorized as Critically Endangered CR B2a.

Brief description. A very small–sized ant, the length of the body of worker individuals is 1,8–2,2 mm. The colouration is light yellow–brown; the head and the thorax are very light–coloured, the abdomen is a bit darker.

Distribution. South Caucasus, South Turkmenistan (Koped Dagh Mts.).

Distribution in Armenia. Known only from the Syunik Province (surroundings of Meghri town and the Lehvaz village).

Habitats. Juniper sparse forests at the altitudes of 800–1000 m above sea level.

Biological traits. Social insects, the colonies may consist of several hundred individuals. They build their nests under the stones. Sexual individuals were recorded in the anthills in June. These ants feed on invertebrates and their dead bodies.

Population size and its trends. Only few colonies are known.

Major threats. Unknown.

Conservation measures. Not applied.

Suggested conservation measures. Incorporation of species habitats to the reserve zone of Arevik National Park.

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