Crematogaster oasium

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Crematogaster oasium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. oasium
Binomial name
Crematogaster oasium
Santschi, 1911

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Specimen Labels


This species seems to be common and widespread in northern Africa (Sharaf et al., 2019).


Keys including this Species


Sharaf et al. (2019): Crematogaster oasium was described from Tunisia and can be found from Morocco east to Egypt (Borowiec 2014; Guénard et al. 2017; Janicki et al. 2017). In the Arabian Peninsula, it was recorded from Kuwait, KSA, Oman, and UAE (Collingwood 1985, Collingwood and Agosti 1996; Collingwood et al. 2011; Borowiec 2014; Sharaf et al. 2018). Since we have not collected or examined any material from Arabia we list this provisionally as an Arabian species for the time being since it was listed by several authors.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • oasium. Crematogaster auberti st. oasium Santschi, 1911f: 84 (w.) TUNISIA. Santschi, 1937e: 303 (q.); Bernard, 1953a: 156 (m.). Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 142; in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166. Subspecies of antaris: Santschi, 1921d: 71; of auberti: Santschi, 1929c: 99. Raised to species: Santschi, 1937e: 303; Collingwood, 1985: 261. Current subspecies: nominal plus saharensis.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Collingwood C. A., D. Agosti, M. R. Sharaf, A. Van Harten, 2011. Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae. Arthropod Fauna of the UAE 4: 405-474
  • Collingwood C.A., D.Agosti, M.R. Sharaf, and A. van Harten. 2011. Order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae. Arthropod fauna of the UAE, 4: 405–474
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  • Santschi, F. 1911. Formicides nouveaux de l'Afrique Mineure (4e note suite). Bulletin de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Afrique du Nord 2: 78-85
  • Santschi, F.. "Formicides nouveaux de l'Afrique Mineure (4e note suite)." Bulletin de la Société d' Histoire naturelle de l' Afrique du Nord 2 (1911): 78-85.