Crematogaster sorokini

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Crematogaster sorokini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. sorokini
Binomial name
Crematogaster sorokini
Ruzsky, 1905

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Specimen Labels

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran on parkland ground and trees in a moderate rainfall area.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iran, Kazakhstan (type locality), Turkmenistan.

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.

  • sorokini. Crematogaster auberti var. sorokini Ruzsky, 1905b: 494 (w.) TURKMENISTAN.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-localities: Turkmenistan: Psreval, 28.iv.1898 (A. Semenov), Turkmenistan: Kara-Tepe, 15-22.vii.1901 (N. Sorokin).
    • Type-depository: ZMUM.
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 142;
    • combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1912e: 660.
    • Subspecies of auberti: Crawley, 1922a: 85; Emery, 1922e: 142.
    • Subspecies of inermis: Emery, 1926: 4.
    • Status as species: Dlussky & Zabelin, 1985: 215; Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 245; Bolton, 1995b: 163; Paknia, et al. 2008: 154; Borowiec, L. 2014: 69; Khalili-Moghadam, et al. 2019: 171.
    • Distribution: Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan.

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018): A comparison of the type images strongly suggest that Crematogaster afghanica may be a simple junior synonym of Crematogaster auberti. Pisarski (1967) did not mention C. auberti apparently basing his separation on a comparison with Crematogaster sorokini. That also, however, seems almost indistinguishable from C. auberti and was described originally as a variety of C. auberti.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Crawley W. C. 1922. Formicidae. - A new species and variety. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 34: 85-86.
  • Dlussky G. M., O. S. Soyunov, and S. I. Zabelin. 1990. Ants of Turkmenistan. Ashkabad: Ylym Press, 273 pp.
  • Khalili-Moghadam A., L. Borowiec, and A. Nemati. 2019. New records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari Province of Iran with taxonomic comments. Polish Journal of Entomology 88 (2): 163–182.
  • Paknia O., A. Radchenko, H. Alipanah, and M. Pfeiffer. 2008. A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Iran. Myrmecological News 11: 151-159.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.