Tetraponera periyarensis sp. nov. is described based on a single worker collected from Manalar, part of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala, India. This is the fourth species of the rufonigra-group of Tetraponera known from the Indo-Australian region, with T. concava Xu & Chai, 2004, T. pilosa Smith, 1858 and T. rufonigra Jerdon, 1851 reported earlier. An identification key to the worker caste of Indian species is provided.
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