Carebara oertzeni

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Carebara oertzeni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. oertzeni
Binomial name
Carebara oertzeni
(Forel, 1886)

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Specimen Labels


This rarely encountered ant was collected in Albania (Purkart et al., 2019) at a locaction situated next to a canyon of the river Lengaricës, where rocky slopes are covered with small areas of forest-steppe. The specimens were retrieved from a sample of rotten wood, leaf litter and soil taken from a decaying tree, and the collected material was then heat extracted from the sample using Tullgren funnels. Proceratium melinum was also found in this same sample.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Greece (type locality), Turkey.

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.

  • oertzeni. Oligomyrmex oertzeni Forel, 1886e: clxv, fig. 3 (q.) GREECE.
    • Combination in O. (Oligomyrmex): Emery, 1924d: 218;
    • combination in Carebara: Fernández, 2004a: 235.
    • Karaman, C. & Kiran, 2017: 639 (w.m.).
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 75; Emery, 1909a: 36; Emery, 1924d: 218; Ettershank, 1966: 124; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 55; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 265 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 300; Petrov, 2006: 84 (in key); Legakis, 2011: 14; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 485; Borowiec, L. 2014: 50 (see note in bibliography); Karaman, C. & Kiran, 2017: 639 (redescription); Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 13.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus aeolia.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti, D. and C.A. Collingwood. 1987. A provisional list of the Balkan ants (Hym. Formicidae) and a key to the worker caste. I. Synonymic list. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 60: 51-62
  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2012. Ants of Greece - Checklist, comments and new faunistic data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus 23(4): 461-563.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2017. Ants of the Peloponnese, Greece (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Polish Journal of Entomology 86: 193-236.
  • Czechowski W., A. Radchenko, W. Czechowska and K. Vepsäläinen. 2012. The ants of Poland with reference to the myrmecofauna of Europe. Fauna Poloniae 4. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 1-496 pp
  • Ettershank G. 1966. A generic revision of the world Myrmicinae related to Solenopsis and Pheidologeton (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Aust. J. Zool. 14: 73-171.
  • Forel, A.. "Nouvelles fourmis de Grèce récoltées par M. E. von Oertzen." Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 30 (1886): clix-clxviii.
  • Karaman C., and K. Kiran. 2017. First record of Carebara oertzeni Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the European part of Turkey with worker description. Turkish Journal of Zoology
  • Purkart A., D. Jablonski, and J. Christophoryova. 2019. First record of Carebara oertzeni Forel, 1886 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Albania. Nat. Croat. 28(1): 173-176.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2018. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on Greek ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom Entomology 27: 1-51.