Cardiocondyla semirubra

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Cardiocondyla semirubra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Cardiocondyla
Species: C. semirubra
Binomial name
Cardiocondyla semirubra
Seifert, 2003

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Specimen Labels

Known only from the type workers, nothing is known about the biology of Cardiocondyla semirubra.


Seifert (2003) - A member of the Cardiocondyla batesii group. The C. semirubra worker differs from Cardiocondyla batesii, Cardiocondyla kushanica, and Cardiocondyla bicoronata in particular by its unusually massive petiole that is almost as wide as high. C. semirubra differs from Cardiocondyla brachyceps by longer head, shorter scape, much smaller PLG, much shorter petiolar peduncle, and characteristic colour pattern.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Turkey (type locality).

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.

  • semirubra. Cardiocondyla semirubra Seifert, 2003a: 238, figs. 18, 70 (w.) TURKEY.

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



Head moderately long, CL/CW 1.168. Postocular index very small, PoOc/CL 0.374. Occipital margin slightly concave. Scape short, SL/CS 0.782. Eyes relatively large, EYE 0.256. Frontal carinae immediately posterior of FRS level slightly converging. Lateral and paramedian area of clypeus, frontal laminae, and area posterior of frontal laminae finely longitudinally carinulate. A small stripe on median area of vertex often glabrous. Foveolae on vertex shallow, with weak inner corona and 16 - 19 mm diameter; interspaces shining, slightly wider than foveolar diameter, and with fine, scattered, simple or cross-branched carinulae. Mesosoma moderately shining, finely microreticulate. Median area of promesonotum finely longitudinally carinulate-rugulose. Lateral area of meso- and metapleuron finely longitudinally carinulate-rugulose. Metanotal furrow rather deep. Petiole profile with short anterior peduncle, ample node and, compared to Cardiocondyla batesii, with more concave anterior face and node not produced caudad. Petiole node in dorsal view gradually merging with a rather short anterior peduncle; much wider than in related species (PEW/CS 0.322). Postpetiolar sternite without any flat bulge. Dorsal head, gaster, coxae, femora, and tibiae dark to blackish brown; mesosoma and petiole reddish brown; postpetiole, scape, and antennal club dark brown.

Type Material

Holotype worker and 2 paratype workers labelled “TURKEY: Sanliurfa 20 km S Steppe, 500 m, leg. A.Schulz 1993.06.12, No 1036” and 1 paratype worker labelled “TURKEY: Sanliurfa 25 km E, Camlidere, Steppe, 500 m, leg. A.Schulz 1993.06.13, No 1045”, all in Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz.