Crematogaster sordidula

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Crematogaster sordidula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. sordidula
Binomial name
Crematogaster sordidula
(Nylander, 1849)

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This ant was observed on larvae of Lampides boeticus that were feeding on Erophaca baetica in Sierra Morena, southern Spain. It has also been associated with the butterflies Leptotes pirithous and Tomares ballus (Obregon et al. 2015).


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Israel, Italy (type locality), Montenegro, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • sordidula. Myrmica sordidula Nylander, 1849: 44 (w.) ITALY (Sicily). Mayr, 1855: 472 (q.); Forel, 1870: 308 (m.). Combination in Crematogaster: Mayr, 1855: 472; in C. (Orthocrema): Santschi, 1918d: 182. Senior synonym of mayri: Mayr, 1855: 472; of flachii: Finzi, 1930d: 313; both synonyms confirmed: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54; of caspica: Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 182; of esterelana: Casevitz-Weulersse & Galkowski, 2009: 487. See also: Emery, 1912e: 667; Kutter, 1977c: 89; Radchenko, 2007: 33. Current subspecies: nominal plus aeolia, marocana, molongori, osmanica.
  • mayri. Acrocoelia mayri Mayr, 1853b: 114 (w.) (attributed to Schmidt) YUGOSLAVIA. Müller, 1923: 76 (q.). Combination in Crematogaster: Mayr, 1855: 472. Junior synonym of sordidula: Mayr, 1855: 472; Dalla Torre, 1893: 86; Emery, 1922e: 130. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of sordidula: Müller, 1923: 74; Finzi, 1927a: 10. Junior synonym of sordidula: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54.
  • flachii. Crematogaster sordidula var. flachii Forel, 1895d: 229 (w.) YUGOSLAVIA. Combination in C. (Orthocrema): Emery, 1922e: 130. Junior synonym of mayri: Müller, 1923: 74. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of sordidula: Karavaiev, 1927b: 106. Junior synonym of sordidula: Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54.
  • caspica. Crematogaster sordidula var. caspica Emery, 1912e: 670, figs. 7, 8 (w.) Caspian Sea coast of former U.S.S.R. Junior synonym of sordidula: Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 182.
  • esterelana. Orthocrema esterelana Bernard, 1978b: 43, fig. 1 (w.q.m.) FRANCE. Combination in Crematogaster: Bolton, 1995b: 152. Junior synonym of sordidula: Casevitz-Weulersse & Galkowski, 2009: 487.



  • Agosti, D.; Collingwood, C. A. 1987a. A provisional list of the Balkan ants (Hym. Formicidae) and a key to the worker caste. I. Synonymic list. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 60: 51-62 (page 54, Senior synonym of mayri and flachii)
  • Atanassov, N.; Dlussky, G. M. 1992. Fauna of Bulgaria. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Fauna Bûlg. 22: 1-310 (page 182, Senior synonym of caspica)
  • Emery, C. 1912e. Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. Teil XI. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1912: 651-672 (page 667, see also)
  • Finzi, B. 1930d. Zoologische Forschungsreise nach den Jonischen Inseln und dem Peloponnes. XII. Teil. Die Ameisen der Jonischen Inseln. Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. Abt. I 139: 309-319 (page 313, Senior synonym of flachii)
  • Forel, A. 1870. Notices myrmécologiques. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 3: 306-312 (page 308, male described)
  • Karaman, M.G. 2011a. New data of the genus Crematogaster Lund, 1831 (Hymenoptera:Formicidae) in Crna Gora (Montenegro), Part II: Description of male of Crematogaster auberti savinae Zimmermann, 1934. Türkiye Entomoloji Dergisi 35(1):3-18. PF
  • Kutter, H. 1977c. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Insecta Helv. Fauna 6: 1-298 (page 89, see also)
  • Mayr, G. 1855. Formicina austriaca. Beschreibung der bisher im österreichischen Kaiserstaate aufgefundenen Ameisen, nebst Hinzufügung jener in Deutschland, in der Schweiz und in Italien vorkommenden Arten. Verh. Zool.-Bot. Ver. Wien 5: 273-478 (page 472, queen described, Combination in Crematogaster, Senior synonym of mayri)
  • Nylander, W. 1849 [1848]. Additamentum alterum adnotationum in monographiam formicarum borealium. Acta Soc. Sci. Fenn. 3: 25-48 (page 44, worker described)
  • Obregon, R., M. R. Shaw, J. Fernandez-Haeger, and D. Jordano. 2015. Parasitoid and ant interactions of some Iberian butterflies (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Shilap-Revista De Lepidopterologia. 43:439-454.
  • Santschi, F. 1918d. Sous-genres et synoymies [sic] de Cremastogaster (Hym. Formic.). Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 1918: 182-185 (page 182, Combination in C. (Orthocrema))