Crematogaster punctulata

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Crematogaster punctulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species group: scutellaris
Species: C. punctulata
Binomial name
Crematogaster punctulata
Emery, 1895

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Specimen labels


These ants nest in soil or under stones and logs. Brood has been found in August, sexuals were found from August to September. Flights were reported in May (Wheeler, 1908) at 11:00 MST. Foragers tend membracids on sunflowers, as well as coccids and aphids. They commonly forage on chollo (Opuntia sp.). Two nests where found together with Lasius sitiens. (Gregg, 1963, MacKay & Mackay, 2002)


Keys including this Species


In New Mexico these ants have been found in mesquite forest (including dunes), pinyon pine, juniper forests shinnery oak forest, cottonwood forests, grasslands.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 40.014986° to -34°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).
Neotropical Region: Mexico.

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.

  • punctulata. Crematogaster punctulata Emery, 1895c: 287 (w.) U.S.A. (Colorado).
    • Type-material: lectotype worker (by designation of Ward & Blaimer, 2022: 925); paralectotype workers (number not stated).
    • [Note: Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 336, record 30 syntype workers.]
    • Type-locality: lectotype U.S.A.: Colorado (no further data) (Pergande).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG (lectotype); MHNG, MSNG, NHMW (paralectotypes).
    • Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 332 (q.m.).
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 141;
    • combination in C. (Crematogaster): Buren, 1968b: 92.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Wheeler, W.M. 1908e: 479; Wheeler, W.M. 1910g: 564; Emery, 1922e: 141; Essig, 1926: 859; Smith, M.R. 1930a: 4; Dennis, 1938: 284.
    • Subspecies of opaca: Wheeler, W.M. 1919g: 111; Smith, M.R. 1927: 310; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 810.
    • Subspecies of lineolata: Creighton, 1950a: 214.
    • Junior synonym of lineolata: Johnson, C. 1988: 319.
    • Status as species: Enzmann, J. 1946c: 93; Buren, in Smith, M.R. 1958c: 127; Carter, 1962a: 6 (in list); Beck, et al. 1967: 69; Smith, M.R. 1967: 356; Buren, 1968b: 92, 93 (in key); Hunt & Snelling, 1975: 21; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1380; DuBois & LaBerge, 1988: 138; Mackay, Lowrie, et al. 1988: 88 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 160; Mackay & Mackay, 2002: 100; Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 330 (redescription); Ward & Blaimer, 2022: 925.
    • Senior synonym of texana: Creighton, 1950a: 214; Buren, in Smith, M.R. 1958c: 127; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1380; Bolton, 1995b: 164; Ward & Blaimer, 2022: 925.
    • Distribution: Mexico, U.S.A.
  • texana. Crematogaster (Acrocoelia) opaca var. texana Santschi, 1929f: 91 (w.) U.S.A. (Texas).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: U.S.A: Texas, Farming County, Bonham, 25.vii.1922 (E. & G. Wheeler).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Subspecies of opaca: Enzmann, J. 1946c: 94.
    • Unidentifiable taxon, incertae sedis in Pheidole: Smith, M.R. 1951a: 810.
    • Junior synonym of lineolata: Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 222.
    • Junior synonym of punctulata: Creighton, 1950a: 214; Buren, in Smith, M.R. 1958c: 127; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1380; Bolton, 1995b: 164; Ward & Blaimer, 2022: 925.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology
  • Morgan C., and W. P. Mackay. 2017. The North America acrobat ants of the hyperdiverse genus Crematogaster. Mauritius: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 540 pp.