Crematogaster nigriceps

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Crematogaster nigriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. nigriceps
Binomial name
Crematogaster nigriceps
Emery, 1897

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Specimen Labels


One of four ant species (also Crematogaster gerstaeckeri sjostedti, Crematogaster mimosae, Tetraponera penzigi) that live on Acacia drepanolobium. This small arboreal ant assemblage, nesting in this dominant Africa savanna tree, have been the subject of intensive research by a large group of ecologists studying species interactions and species co-existence.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya, Somalia (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Israel.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • nigriceps. Crematogaster nigriceps Emery, 1897e: 600, fig. (w.) SOMALIA. Viehmeyer, 1923: 89 (q.m.). Combination in C. (Crematogaster): Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 842; in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 148. Current subspecies: nominal plus prelli, saganensis.



  • Emery, C. 1897f. Formiche raccolte da Don Eugenio dei Principi Ruspoli, durante l'ultimo suo viaggio nelle regioni dei Somali e dei Galla. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 595-605 (page 600, fig. worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 148, Combination in C. (Acrocoelia))
  • Martins DJ. 2010 Not all ants are equal: obligate acacia ants provide different levels of protection against mega-herbivores. Afr. J. Ecol. 48, 1115 – 1122. PDF
  • Sensenig, R. L., D. K. Kimuyu, J. C. Ruiz Guajardo, K. E. Veblen, C. Riginos, and T. P. Young. 2017. Fire disturbance disrupts an acacia ant–plant mutualism in favor of a subordinate ant species. Ecology. 98:1455-1464. doi:10.1002/ecy.1797
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1923. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der mit Unterstützung der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus der Erbschaft Treitl von F. Werner unternommenen zoologischen Expedition nach dem anglo-ägyptischen Sudan (Kordofan) 1914. VII. Hymenoptera (page 89, queen, male described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 842, Combination in C. (Crematogaster))