Crematogaster (Crematogaster) chiarinii Emery
Type location Ethiopia
(Cremastogaster Chiarinii n. sp., Emery, 1881a: 271,
worker; Forel, 1892e: 353, queen & male) from Kaka - see below
taediosa (Cremastogaster taediosa n. spec.,
Forel, 1894b: 98, worker; as subspecies
of chiarinii by Emery, 1915g: 12) from Ethiopia,
Südabessinien, Ilg - see below
v-nigra (Cremastogaster chiarinii Em. var. V.
Forel, 1910e: 434, worker - NOTE the "nigra", Forel,
1910e: 434, worker, in Bolton, 1995: 158, is an error) from Congo
- see below
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .
fresh specimens from Ethiopia that match Emery's description and
drawing, it seemed clear that the type form is unicoloured dark brown
near black and has carton nests on trees. With fresh specimens from acacia in Sudan
that appear to be close to the description given by Emery
(1896i) for the variety cincta,
I separated the distinct forms with a general yellow-brown or
and darker gaster, with paler appendages, also short propodeal spines
to a separate species Crematogaster cincta. Thus I
have moved cincta, aethiops, bayeri, sellula and subsulcata.
The availability of type images from Antweb (February 2014, December
2014) confirm my opinion. The images also make it seem likely that Crematogaster affabilis is no
more than larger workers of chiarinii.
Wheeler (1922) has many records from East Africa and
into Saudi Arabia. It is likely that those were mostly if
not all cincta.
Collingwood (1985) separated it from other species
recorded from Saudi Arabia by - head wider than long; petiole about as
wide as long; alitrunk paler than head or gaster, propodeal spines more
than 0.2 mm; also more strongly sculptured than affabilis (type
location Somalia); mesonotum with keel.