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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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.



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


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

  • 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.



  • Arakelian, G. R. 1994. Fauna of the Republic of Armenia. Hymenopterous insects. Ants (Formicidae). Erevan: Gitutium, 153 pp. (page 45, Material of the unavailable name scabrida referred here)
  • Arnol'di, K. V.; Dlussky, G. M. 1978. Superfam. Formicoidea. 1. Fam. Formicidae - ants. Pp. 519-556 in: Medvedev, G. S. (ed.) Keys to the insects of the European part of the USSR. Vol. 3. Hymenoptera. Part 1. Opredeliteli Faune SSSR 119:3-584. (page 538, see also)
  • Dlussky, G.M., Soyunov, O.S. & Zabelin, S.I. 1990. Murav'i Turkmenistana (1989): 273 pp. Ashkhabad. []
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 144, Combination in C. (Acrocoelia))
  • Forel, A. 1904c [1903]. Note sur les fourmis du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences à St. Pétersbourg. Ezheg. Zool. Muz. 8: 368-388 (page 372, male described)
  • Khalini-Moghadam, A., Borowiec, L., Nemati, A. 2019. New records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari Province of Iran with taxonomic comments. Polish Journal of Entomology 88: 163–182 (DOI 10.2478/pjen-2019-0013).
  • Mayr, G. 1877a. Formicidae. In: Fedchenko, A. P. Travels in Turkestan. Vol. 2, Div. 5, No. 7. Izv. Imp. Obshch. Lyubit. Estestvozn. Antropol. Etnogr. Imp. Mosk. Univ. 26:i-iii, 1-20 (+1). (page 19, worker, queen described)
  • Stukalyuk, S. V. 2015. Crematogaster subdentata Mayr 1877 (Hymenoptera, Formicidea), a new potentially invasive species of ants in the fauna of the Crimea. Zoologichesky Zhurnal. 94:1211-1225. doi:10.1134/S0013873815080096