Crematogaster aegyptiaca

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Crematogaster aegyptiaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. aegyptiaca
Binomial name
Crematogaster aegyptiaca
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen labels




Sharaf et al. (2019): This species was originally described from Egypt and can be found in most most countries of North Africa but also in Sudan and Kenya (Guénard et al. 2017; Janicki et al. 2017). For the Arabian Peninsula, it was recorded from the KSA, Oman, the UAE, and Yemen (Borowiec 2014; Collingwood 1985, Collingwood and Agosti 1996; Collingwood et al. 2011; Sharaf et al. 2018).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Egypt (type locality), Oman.

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.

  • aegyptiaca. Crematogaster aegyptiaca Mayr, 1862: 765 (w.) EGYPT. Combination in C. (Crematogaster): Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 828; in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 144; in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166. Current subspecies: nominal plus pharaonis, robusta, turkanensis.

Taxonomic Notes

Sharaf et al. (2019): As for Crematogaster acaciae (and many other taxa), the taxonomic condition of this species is relatively unclear due to the absence of any revisions in the regions in question, and we cannot predict the taxonomic status of C. aegyptiaca and its subspecies after being revised. However, based on our experience with this species, it is readily identifiable and we are very confident of the Arabian material being genuine C. aegyptiaca.