Crematogaster afghanica

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Crematogaster afghanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. afghanica
Binomial name
Crematogaster afghanica
Pisarski, 1967

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Specimen Labels

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran in a parkland in a moderate rainfall area.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan (type locality), Iran.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



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

  • afghanica. Crematogaster afghanica Pisarski, 1967: 389, figs. 23-25 (w.) AFGHANISTAN.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 121 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Afghanistan: Sang-Novichtéch (A400), Kabul, 3.iv.1958 (K. Lindberg); paratypes: 48 workers with same data, 14 workers Kabul (A400), Mt Cher Dervazéh, 20.ix.1957 (K. Lindberg), 19 workers Paghman (A257), 2225 m., 16.vii.1957 (K. Lindberg), 9 workers Qal’éh Lakou (A414), nr Kabul Valley, 7.vii.1957 (K. Lindberg), 7 workers Kaméh Zevah (A429), nr Ibrahim Khel, S Djelalabad, 23.i.1958 (K. Lindberg), 23 workers Kouh Chigui (A439), Laghman, 45 km. NE Djelalabad, 1370 m., 31.i.1958 (K. Lindberg), 1 worker Tangi Gharuh, Kabul River, 1600 m., 21.x.1952 (J. Klapperich).
    • Type-depositories: ZMLS (holotype); HNHM, MIZW, ZMLS (paratypes).
    • Combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Status as species: Pisarski, 1970: 308; Bolton, 1995b: 146.
    • Distribution: Afghanistan.

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018): Type location Afghanistan, FOCOL1798-1. A comparison of the type images strongly suggest that C. afghanica may be a simple junior synonym of Crematogaster auberti. Pisarski (1967) did not mention C. auberti apparently basing his separation on a comparison with Crematogaster sorokini. That also, however, seems almost indistinguishable from C. auberti and was described originally as a variety of C. auberti.