Crematogaster chhangi

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Crematogaster chhangi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. chhangi
Binomial name
Crematogaster chhangi
Hosoishi & Ogata, 2014

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This species is only known from the type locality. Specimen labels state "arboreal" but otherwise nothing is known about the biology of this species.

Identification

This species is similar to Crematogaster fraxatrix, but can be distinguished by the dorso-ventrally flattened propodeal spiracles and acutely developed subpetiolar process in the worker caste. The COI divergence between C. chhangi and C. fraxatrix did not seem relatively high (8.1–10.8 % K2P distances) (cf. Blaimer 2012a), but the two species are clearly separated from each other by the characters shown above. (Hosoishi and Ogata 2014)

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Cambodia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the worker caste.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • chhangi. Crematogaster (Crematogaster) chhangi Hosoishi & Ogata, 2014: 61, figs. 1-2 (w.) CAMBODIA.

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

Description

Worker

Measurements and indices. HW 0.64–0.83; HL 0.64–0.75; CI 100–111; SL 0.57–0.61; SI 73–86; EL 0.13–0.16; PW 0.37–0.42; WL 0.7–0.78; PSL 0.13–0.18; PtL 0.17–0.21; PtW 0.16–0.19; PtH 0.13–0.15; PpL 0.11–0.12; PpW 0.14–0.18; PtHI 65–82; PtWI 89–100; PpWI 127–150; WI 82–95 (holotype and eight paratype workers measured).

Workers presumably monomorphic. Posterior corners of head rounded. Anterior clypeal margin slightly concave in the median portion. Compound eyes not projecting beyond lateral margins of head in full face view. Scape reaching posterior corner of head. Antennal club 3-segmented. Pronotal dorsum with distinct ridges laterally. Mesonotal dorsum with lateral ridges. Mesonotum not higher than pronotum in lateral view; forming same dorsal outline with pronotum in lateral view. Metanotal groove straight in dorsal view, deep and forming a concave region between mesonotum and propodeum. Propodeal spiracles oval, flattened dorso-ventrally, located on the lateral sides of propodeum; the horizontal diameter more than two times larger than the vertical diameter. Propodeal spines developed long, directed upward and straight. Petiole broader in the middle portion. Subpetiolar process acutely developed. Postpetiole weakly bilobed, but without longitudinal median sulcus. Petiole slightly wider than postpetiole in dorsal view. Erect pilosity sparse. Scape with abundant erect to suberect setae. Dorsal face of head with suberect setae. Clypeus with suberect setae; one pair of longer setae directed medially on anteriormost portion. Anterior clypeal margin with one single setae and one pair of longer setae, mixed with some shorter setae on the sides. Mesosoma with sparse erect setae. Fourth abdominal tergite with erect to suberect sparse setae. Dorsal surface of head generally smooth and shining, but feeble rugulae between frontal carinae; longitudinal rugulae surrounding antennal sockets and on gena. Clypeus weakly striated with longitudinal rugulae. Promesonotum striated with feeble rugulae. Lateral surface of pronotum smooth and shining. Mesopleuron sculptured. Lateral surface of propodeum generally smooth, but with feeble rugulae on the lower portion. Body color brown.

Type Material

Holotype worker: pinned. Original label: CAMBODIA, Koh Kong, 11°31'N, 103°09'E, 19.v.2012, S. Hosoishi leg., SH12-Cam-70, arboreal; deposited at THNHM. Eight paratype workers: pinned, same data as holotype; deposited at The Natural History Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong, Kyushu University Collection, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève, Bogor Zoological Museum, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel.

Etymology

This species is dedicated to Mr. Phourin Chhang, Forestry Administration of Cambodia, who helped with field surveys in Cambodia.

References