Crematogaster (Crematogaster) coelestis Santschi
Type location Senegal
(Cremastogaster coelestis n. sp., Santschi, 1911c: 353, worker)
collected at Casamance, by Claveau - see below
junior synonyms (here)
(Acrocoelia) coelestis Santschi stirps mercatori n. st., Santschi, 1939f:
162, worker) from Guinea - see below
excisa Mayr r. coelestis
Sant. v. Dirce, Forel, 1915c:
342, worker) from Zaïre,
collected at St Gabriel, by Kohl - see below
worker only described (see Bolton,
Santschi's (1911c) description is at . Santschi's (1939f) description of mercatori
is at .
Forel's (1915c) description of (as C. excisa r. coelestis
v. dirce) was -
WORKER - TL 2.3-2.5 mm. Colour like type of coelestis, head a
little darker. Metanotal groove very deep, as type. Posterior of
mesonotum also deeply impressed as with typical excisa,
distinctly concave. In that respect rather like solenopsides v.
gallarum, but antennal club more distinctly
Closely related to excisa with the same excavation or at least
truncation of the posterior mesonotum.
Kohl, the collector, at St. Gabriel, found it cultivating coccids, over
which it made carton tents, on a citrus tree. Forel prefaced his note
with the comment that he felt Cr.
coelestis Sant. was no more than a race of Cr. excisa Mayr. The excisa I show is brownish-yellow
and quite different from the pitch brown coelestis.
Wheeler (1922) also had it from Guinea (at
by F. Silvestri).
photomontage of the type worker is
collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912662.
The almost identical but slightly larger mercatori is shown on http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912633.
photomontage of the dirce type worker is
collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0908530.
Oxford University Museum
|Crematogaster (Cr.) coelestis
B Taylor det.
|Ensa (s. saiche)
photomontage is of a worker from Senegal, Tanquieta; collector
Lamine Diame (13). Apart from the shorter propodeal spines, this
appears to be an exact match to the Santschi type (above).