Crematogaster pia

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Crematogaster pia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species group: ranavalonae
Species: C. pia
Binomial name
Crematogaster pia
Forel, 1911

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Specimen Labels


This species inhabits well-developed forests, where it makes carton nests and forages on trees.


Hosoishi (2015): This species is similar to Crematogaster butteli and Crematogaster tumidula, but differs from C. butteli in having an anterolaterally developed petiole, and from C. tumidula in having long propodeal spines.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Malaysia (type locality).
Oriental Region: Thailand.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • pia. Crematogaster tumidula subsp. pia Forel, 1911d: 384 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA. Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 151. Raised to species: Emery, 1922e: 151; in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166. Current subspecies: nominal plus soengeiensis, taivanae.

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



Hosoishi (2015) - (workers, n = 11). HW 0.90-0.96; HL 0.88-0.92; CI 102-108; SL 0.79-0.87; SI 83-94; EL 0.18-0.21; PW 0.54-0.59; WL 1.05-1.13; PSL 0.14-0.17; PtL 0.25-0.27; PtW 0.25-0.30; PtH 0.16-0.18; PpL 0.15-0.19; PpW 0.28- 0.31; PtHI 59-69; PtWI 96-115; PpWI 158-187; WI 103-115.

Head appearing subquadratic in front view. Mandible weakly striate, with four teeth, apical and subapincal teeth large, basal two teeth smaller. Scape exceeding posterior corner of head, with appressed setae, each of which is as long as width of scape in length. Compound eye large and slightly projecting beyond lateral margin of head in full face view.

Ventrolateral katepisternal ridge indistinct posteriorly. Propodeal spine long and stout; length longer than spiracle, dorsum as high as anterior propodeum in lateral view; basal width larger than spiracle in diameter. Propodeal spiracle large, situated close to propodeal declivity in lateral view, directed laterally.

In dorsal view, shape of petiole scoop with convex side, as broad as long. Anterolateral corner of petiole angulate. Petiolar spiracle big, as wide as half of propodeal spiracle in diameter, directed laterally. In dorsal view, postpetiole broader than long, bilobed but without longitudinal median sulcus. Postpetiole slightly wider than petiole in dorsal view.

Integument essentially smooth and shiny. Clypeus smooth and shiny without rugulae. Malar region smooth and shiny. Dorsal surface of promesonotum smooth and shiny. Lateral surface of pronotum smooth and shiny. Mesopleuron and lateral propodeum generally shiny, but with feable rugulae. Dorsal surface of propodeum smooth and shiny; anterior dorsum with feable rugulae.

Erect pilosity almost absent. Dorsum of head, clypeus and mesosoma with short and appressed sparse setae. Clypeus with one pair of longer setae on anteriormost portion, directed medially. Anterior clypeal margin with two or three pairs of longer setae on median portion, mixed with some shorter setae on side. No erect setae on pronotal shoulder. Posterolateral tubercle with some decumbent to appressed shorter setae. Ventral surface of petiole with appressed setae. Postpetiole with some shorter setae posteriorly. Fourth abdominal tergite with appressed setae.

Body color reddish brown to brownish.

Type Material