Crematogaster heathi

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Crematogaster heathi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. heathi
Binomial name
Crematogaster heathi
Mann, 1916

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Specimen Labels

Identification

Longino (2003) - A Crematogaster crinosa-complex species, C. heathi requires further taxonomic study. This species is part of a set of species that have a deep propodeal suture: The distinctive feature of these forms is a deeply invaginated propodeal suture and an elevated and compressed dorsal face of propodeum. From my cursory examination, Crematogaster goeldii, Crematogaster stigmatica, and Crematogaster unciata were very similar. They were bicolored, with red brown head and mesosoma and contrasting black gaster. The anteroventral petiolar tooth was moderately well developed and the pilosity was much like Crematogaster torosa. The types of Crematogaster chodati were uniform red brown, and the setae on the mesosoma and fourth abdominal tergite were longer and less flattened. The types of heathi had the coloration of goeldii and the pilosity of chodati. The invaginated propodeal suture is itself a variable character, grading into the condition seen in crinosa and torosa, and so the discussion regarding the forms with striate face applies here as well. Crematogaster goeldii and related forms may be synonyms of other species, multiple distinct species, or one variable species.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • heathi. Crematogaster (Crematogaster) heathi Mann, 1916: 442, pl. 3, fig. 27 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in C. (Orthocrema): Emery, 1922e: 135. See also: Longino, 2003a: 130.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Type Material

Longino (2003) - Crematogaster heathi. Syntype workers: Brazil, Paraiba, Itamatahy near Independencia, from twigs (Mann) Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History] (examined).

References

  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 135, Combination in C. (Orthocrema))
  • Longino, J.T. 2003a. The Crematogaster of Costa Rica. Zootaxa 151: 1-150. PDF
  • Mann, W. M. 1916. The Stanford Expedition to Brazil, 1911, John C. Branner, Director. The ants of Brazil. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 60: 399-490 (page 442, pl. 3, fig. 27 worker described)