Crematogaster ampullaris

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Crematogaster ampullaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. ampullaris
Binomial name
Crematogaster ampullaris
Smith, F., 1861

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Specimen Labels

Biological details for Crematogaster ampullaris are available from specimen labels of a Sabah collection (CASENT0193577): workers were found in rainforest in low vegetation.


A member of the Crematogaster inflata species-group. Hosoishi and Ogata (2009) - This species is very similar to Crematogaster sewardi, but can be distinguished by the dorsal outline of the mesosoma and the depth of the metanotal groove.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 4.9656° to 4.9656°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), Philippines, Sulawesi.

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.





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

  • ampullaris. Crematogaster ampullaris Smith, F. 1861b: 47 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi).
    • Type-material: 2 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Indonesia: Celebes (Sulawesi): Tondano, “Tond.” (A.R. Wallace).
    • Type-depository: syntypes lost (not in OXUM or BMNH).
    • [Note: Donisthorpe,1932c: 469, records two worker syntypes in OXUM, labelled “Tond.” This material could not be found by Hosoishi & Ogata, 2009b: 20, and is not in BMNH.]
    • Combination in C. (Physocrema): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 469.
    • Junior synonym of difformis: Emery, 1901g: 574; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 74.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 404; Roger, 1863b: 37; Dalla Torre, 1893: 79; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 469; Donisthorpe, 1941l: 226 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 147; Hosoishi & Ogata, 2009b: 19 (redescription).
    • Distribution: Indonesia (Sulawesi, Timor), Philippines (Leyte).

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



Hosoishi and Ogata (2009) - HW 1.12–1.34; HL 1.04–1.28; CI 100–108; SL 0.95–1.02; SI 76–84; EL 0.22–0.24; PW 0.66–0.82; WL 1.26–1.48; PSL 0; PtL 0.34–0.48; PtW 0.28–0.34; PtH 0.19–0.24; PpL 0.24–0.28; PpW 0.29–0.36; PtHI 50–56; PtWI 71–84; PpWI 117–129; WI 93–106 (Three workers measured).

Workers with pronounced size polymorphism.

Scape not reaching posterior corner of head in large workers.

In lateral view, pronotum and mesonotum forming a single convexity, propodeum slightly raised relative to promesonotum. Anterior margin of pronotal collar slightly concave in dorsal view. Metanotal groove convex posteriorly in dorsal view, deep and situated posterior to the posterior ridge of pronotum in lateral view; thorax strongly constricted in middle in dorsal view. In dorsal view, some longitudinal rugulae connecting between mesonotum and propodeum; the boundary distinct except for median portion. Propodeal spiracle situated away from the metapleural gland orifice, the distance between them much greater than the propodeal spiracle diameter. Propodeal spines absent.

Clypeus sculptured with longitudinal rugulae.

Standing pilosity sparse on dorsal face of head, abundant on promesonotum. Dorsal face of head with decumbent setae. Clypeus with short setae. Dorsal setae on fourth abdominal tergite appressed and directed posteriorly.

Body color reddish brown to black.

Type Material

Hosoishi and Ogata (2009) - INDONESIA: Tondano, Sulawesi [types not found in The Natural History Museum or Oxford University Museum of Natural History]. We have not been able to examine the types of ampullaris. According to Mr. Barry Bolton (pers comm Jan 2008), a search in the collection of BMNH and OXUM revealed that types of C. (P.) ampullaris were no longer present. But the original description and Donisthorpe’s key (1941) closely match the specimens examined.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):


Donisthorpe (1932c) records two worker syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Tond.” This material could not be detected in the current survey. Also, no specimens in The Natural History Museum.


  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 469, Combination in C. (Physocrema), Revived from synonymy)
  • Emery, C. 1901i. Formiciden von Celebes. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 14: 565-580 (page 574, Junior synonym of difformis)
  • Hosoishi, S. & Ogata, K. 2009b. A taxonomic revision of the Asian endemic subgenus Physocrema of the genus Crematogaster. Zootaxa 2062: 15-36.
  • Smith, F. 1861b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Ceram, Celebes, Ternate, and Gilolo. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 6: 36-48 (page 47, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1919f. The ants of Borneo. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 63: 43-147 (page 74, Junior synonym of difformis)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Blaimer B. B. 2012. Acrobat ants go global – Origin, evolution and systematics of the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 421-436.
  • Donisthorpe H. 1941. Description of a new species of Crematogaster Lund, subgenus Physocrema Forel, with a list of, and a key to, the known species of the subgenus. Entomologist 74: 225-227.
  • Hosoichi S., and K. Ogata. 2009. A taxonomic revision of the Asian endemic subgenus Physocrema of the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 2062: 15-36.
  • Hosoishi S. and K. Ogata. 2009. A check list of the ant genus Crematogaster in Asia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Inst. Trop. Agr. Kyushu Univ. 32: 43-83.
  • Smith F. 1861. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Ceram, Celebes, Ternate, and Gilolo. [part]. Journal and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. Zoology 6: 36-48.