Crematogaster nigeriensis

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Crematogaster nigeriensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. nigeriensis
Binomial name
Crematogaster nigeriensis
Santschi, 1914

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Specimen Labels


This rarely encountered species was found in Benin by Taylor et al., (2018) in a mango (Mangifera indica) orchard where it was found nesting under bark and observed antagonist of Oecophylla longinoda.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Benin, Nigeria (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.



Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Crematogaster nigeriensisWorker. Specimen code casent0912809. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMB, Basel, Switzerland.


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

  • nigeriensis. Crematogaster nigeriensis Santschi, 1914d: 346, fig. 16 (w.) NIGERIA.
    • Type-material: 6 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Nigeria: Lagos (F. Silvestri).
    • Type-depository: NHMB (perhaps also DEUN).
    • Combination in C. (Sphaerocrema): Santschi, 1918d: 182.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1922e: 153; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 847; Santschi, 1926b: 227; Menozzi, 1942: 169; Bolton, 1995b: 158.
    • Distribution: Nigeria.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus wilnigra.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Medler J. T. 1980: Insects of Nigeria - Check list and bibliography. Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst. 30: i-vii, 1-919.
  • Soulié J., and L. D. Dicko. 1965. La répartition des genres de fourmis de la tribu des "Cremastogastrini" dans la faune éthiopienne et malgache. Hymenoptera - Formicoidea - Myrmicidae. Ann. Univ. Abidjan Sér. Sci. 1: 85-106.
  • Taylor B., N. Agoinon, A. Sinzogan, A. Adandonon, Y. N'Da Kouagou, S. Bello, R. Wargui, F. Anato, I. Ouagoussounon, H. Houngbo, S. Tchibozo, R. Todjhounde, and J. F. Vayssieres. 2018. Records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Republic of Benin, with particular reference to the mango farm ecosystem. Journal of Insect Biodiversity 8(1): 006–029.