Carebara hostilis

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Carebara hostilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. hostilis
Binomial name
Carebara hostilis
(Smith, F., 1858)

As noted by Wheeler (1922a: 880), this species has 12-segmented antennae and therefore cannot belong to Carebara.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • hostilis. Atta hostilis Smith, F. 1858b: 165 (w.q.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Combination in Pheidologeton: Mayr, 1866b: 899;
    • combination in Carebara: Fischer, et al. 2014: 72.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 396; Mayr, 1866b: 899 (redescription); Dalla Torre, 1893: 73; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 880; Emery, 1924d: 213; Ettershank, 1966: 119; Bolton, 1995b: 333.
    • [Note: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 880, points out that the combination in Pheidologton must be incorrect as the species has 12-segmented antennae.]



  • Fischer, G., Azorsa, F. & Fisher, B.L. 2014. The ant genus Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): synonymisation of Pheidologeton Mayr under Carebara, establishment and revision of the C. polita species group. ZooKeys 438: 57–112.
  • Mayr, G. 1866b. Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 16: 885-908 (page 899, Combination in Pheidologeton)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 165, worker, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Ettershank G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Aust. J. Zool. 14: 73-171.