Crematogaster subdentata

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Crematogaster subdentata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. subdentata
Binomial name
Crematogaster subdentata
Mayr, 1877

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Specimen Labels


Stukalyuk (2015) Abstract - A population of Crematogaster subdentata, a potentially invasive species of ants, which is new for the Crimea, was found in the village of Mykhailivka (Saky district, the Crimea, Ukraine). This species appears to be brought into the Crimea from Central Asia. The invasion began 9-12 years ago. The following ecological-ethological features characterizing the C. subdentata habitation in the region studied are described: the density of colonies related to the time of the invasion, the structure of forage areas, and the cycle of diurnal activity. Four colonies of this species were recorded; they differed in the age and structure of the forage areas. The species C. subdentata may be considered as a potentially dangerous invasive species, which is able to damage forests, parks and gardens, as well as wooden constructions.

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



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Armenia, China, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan (type locality), Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan (type locality), Ukraine.

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.

  • subdentata. Crematogaster subdentata Mayr, 1877: 19 (w.q.) UZBEKISTAN, KAZAKHSTAN.
    • [Also described as new by Mayr, 1880: 39.]
    • Forel, 1904b: 372 (m.).
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 144;
    • combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1879: 682 (in key); Mayr, 1880: 39; André, 1883b: 393 (in key); Mayr, 1889: 280; Dalla Torre, 1893: 87; Ruzsky, 1902d: 31; Ruzsky, 1903b: 316; Forel, 1904b: 372; Ruzsky, 1905b: 498; Karavaiev, 1910b: 47; Emery, 1912e: 664; Emery, 1922e: 144; Ruzsky, 1923: 3; Karavaiev, 1926b: 109; Menozzi, 1939a: 301 (in key); Collingwood, 1961a: 64; Pisarski, 1967: 390; Pisarski, 1970: 308; Tarbinsky, 1976: 78 (redescription); Arnol'di & Dlussky, 1978: 538 (in key); Pisarski & Krzysztofiak, 1981: 157; Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 246; Arakelian, 1994: 45; Bolton, 1995b: 163; Collingwood & Heatwole, 2000: 8; Borowiec, L. 2014: 69 (see note in bibliography); Radchenko, 2016: 265.
    • Senior synonym of flavicapilla: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 246; Radchenko, 2016: 265.
    • Material of the unavailable name scabrida referred here by Arakelian, 1994: 45.
    • [Note: Emery, 1922e: 144, suggests subdentata is a possible senior synonym of apicalis Smith, F. 1878b: 12.]
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus kaschgariensis, kuznetzovi.
  • flavicapilla. Crematogaster subdentata var. flavicapilla Ruzsky, 1905b: 502 (w.) TURKMENISTAN.
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 144.
    • Subspecies of subdentata: Emery, 1922e: 144; Bolton, 1995b: 153.
    • Junior synonym of subdentata: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 246.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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