Crematogaster goeldii

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Crematogaster goeldii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. goeldii
Binomial name
Crematogaster goeldii
Forel, 1903

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Specimen Labels

This ant was observed visiting the extrafloral nectaries of Tocoyena formosa plants occurring in a southeastern Brazilian cerrado study-site (Sanz-Veiga et al. 2017)


Longino (2003) - A Crematogaster crinosa-complex species, C. goeldii requires further taxonomic study. This species is part of a set of species that have a deep propodeal suture: The distinctive feature of these forms is a deeply invaginated propodeal suture and an elevated and compressed dorsal face of propodeum. From my cursory examination, Crematogaster goeldii, Crematogaster stigmatica, and Crematogaster unciata were very similar. They were bicolored, with red brown head and mesosoma and contrasting black gaster. The anteroventral petiolar tooth was moderately well developed and the pilosity was much like Crematogaster torosa. The types of Crematogaster chodati were uniform red brown, and the setae on the mesosoma and fourth abdominal tergite were longer and less flattened. The types of Crematogaster heathi had the coloration of goeldii and the pilosity of chodati. The invaginated propodeal suture is itself a variable character, grading into the condition seen in crinosa and torosa, and so the discussion regarding the forms with striate face applies here as well. Crematogaster goeldii and related forms may be synonyms of other species, multiple distinct species, or one variable species.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (type locality).

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.

  • goeldii. Crematogaster goeldii Forel, 1903c: 255 (w.) BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Brazil: Rio de Janeiro (E. Göldi).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • [Crematogaster goeldii Forel, 1895b: 131. Nomen nudum.]
    • Gallardo, 1931b: 300 (q.).
    • Combination in C. (Orthocrema): Emery, 1922e: 135.
    • Subspecies of torosa: Santschi, 1925d: 229; Borgmeier, 1927c: 96; Santschi, 1929d: 294; Gallardo, 1931b: 300; Gallardo, 1934: 48; Kempf, 1972a: 90; Bolton, 1995b: 154.
    • Status as species: Forel, 1908c: 366; Forel, 1912f: 219; Santschi, 1916e: 377; Luederwaldt, 1918: 41; Emery, 1922e: 135; Borgmeier, 1927c: 94; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 196; Longino, 2003a: 130.
    • Distribution: Argentina, Brazil.

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


Type Material

Longino (2003) - Crematogaster goeldii. Syntype workers: Brazil, Prov. Rio de Janeiro (Göldi) Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève (examined).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Antoniazzi R., R. N. S. L. Garoo, W. Dattilo, S. P. Ribeiro, and F. S. Neves. 2019. Ant species richness and interactions in canopies of two distinct successional stages in a tropical dry forest. The Science of Nature 106: 20
  • Forel A. 1908. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 58: 340-418.
  • Gallardo A. 1931. Algunas formas sexuales aún no descriptas de las hormigas del género Crematogaster de la República Argentina. Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina 3: 297-304.
  • Gallardo A. 1934. Las hormigas de la República Argentina. Subfamilia Mirmicinas, segunda sección Eumyrmicinae, tribu Crematogastrini (Forel), género Crematogaster Lund. Anales del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Buenos Aires 38: 1-84.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Luederwaldt H. 1918. Notas myrmecologicas. Rev. Mus. Paul. 10: 29-64.
  • Santschi F. 1916. Formicides sudaméricains nouveaux ou peu connus. Physis (Buenos Aires). 2: 365-399.
  • Santschi F. 1929. Nouvelles fourmis de la République Argentine et du Brésil. Anales de la Sociedad Cientifica Argentina. 107: 273-316.