Crematogaster rothneyi

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Crematogaster rothneyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species group: rothneyi
Species: C. rothneyi
Binomial name
Crematogaster rothneyi
Mayr, 1879

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Specimen Labels


Crematogaster rothneyi is known from South Asia to Southeast Asia, making it one of the most widely distributed ant species in Asia. However, the species is rarely encountered in the field (Hosoishi & Ogata, 2019).


This species is very similar to Crematogaster yaharai, but can be distinguished by the broader than long antennal segments V to VI, sculptured mesopleuron, and reticulately or areolately sculptured propodeum. The Indian specimen examined does not have distinctly developed longitudinal rugulae on the higher half of the dorsal surface of the head. The Thai specimens have broader or as broad as long antennal segments V and VI and a sculptured propodeal dorsum (Hosoishi & Ogata, 2019).


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia, Philippines.
Oriental Region: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India (type locality), Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China.

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.

  • rothneyi. Crematogaster rothneyi Mayr, 1879: 685 (w.) INDIA.
    • [Crematogaster rothneyi Smith, F. 1873: viii. Nomen nudum, attributed to Mayr.]
    • Imai, et al. 1984: 6 (k.).
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 151.
    • Combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Senior synonym of civa: Hosoishi & Ogata, 2019: 6.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus haputalensis.
  • civa. Crematogaster rothneyi var. civa Forel, 1902c: 203 (w.) INDIA.
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 151.
    • Combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Junior synonym of rothneyi: Hosoishi & Ogata, 2019: 6.

Taxonomic Notes

The syntype workers of C. rothneyi civa match well with syntype workers of C. rothneyi. We treated C. rothneyi civa as a junior synonym of C. rothneyi (Hosoishi & Ogata, 2019).



  • 2n = 50, karyotype = 4M+46A (India) (Imai et al., 1984).