Crematogaster elegans

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Crematogaster elegans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. elegans
Binomial name
Crematogaster elegans
Smith, F., 1859

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Specimen Labels


A member of the Crematogaster tetracantha group.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -5.12033° to -5.26569°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

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.

  • elegans. Crematogaster elegans Smith, F. 1859a: 149 (w.) INDONESIA (Aru Is).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • [Note: the holotype of elegans (specimen on the left) is mounted on the same card as the holotype of mimicans Donisthorpe, 1932c: 475 (specimen on the right).]
    • Type-locality: Indonesia: Aru Is, “Aru” (A.R. Wallace).
    • Type-depository: OXUM.
    • Combination in C. (Xiphocrema): Emery, 1922e: 139; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 456.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 404; Roger, 1863b: 37; Dalla Torre, 1893: 81; Emery, 1922e: 139; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 456; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 103; Bolton, 1995b: 152.
    • Distribution: Indonesia (Aru Is).

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

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Aru.” The card has two specimens on it. The left hand specimen is the holotype of elegans, the right hand specimen is a different species and was made the holotype of C. mimicans Donisthorpe, 1932.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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.
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Lucky A., L. E. Alonso, E. Sarnat, and J. Hulr. 2015. Ants and scolytine beetles. In: Richards, S.J. and N. Whitmore (editors) 2015. A rapid biodiversity assessment of Papua New Guinea's Hindenburg Wall region. Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Program. Goroka, PNG.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1912. Ameisen aus Deutsch Neuguinea gesammelt von Dr. O. Schlaginhaufen. Nebst einem Verzeichnisse der papuanischen Arten. Abhandlungen und Berichte des Königlichen Zoologischen und Anthropologische-Ethnographischen Museums zu Dresden 14: 1-26.
  • Wilson E. O. 1959. Some ecological characteristics of ants in New Guinea rain forests. Ecology 40: 437-447.