The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae Donisthorpe

Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae Donisthorpe

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Type location Ghana (Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae sp. n., Donisthorpe, 1945a: 10, worker) collected at Asuansi, 8.ix.1943, by H.E. Box - see below
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .


Crematogaster cuvieraeDonisthorpe's (1945a) description is at {original description}.

WORKER - TL 3.0 mm. Propodeal dorsum on lower level than mesonotum in lateral view but metanotal groove not impressed (from Bolton's unpublished key to species at CRIN; Bolton gave no record of any collection). The description by Donisthorpe (1945a, not illustrated) is poor by modern standards with no measurements other than TL. He described it as - black or blackish-brown; appendages dirty brownish yellow, tip of antenna yellow; pilosity of short yellowish-white decumbent hairs and a few longer standing yellow hairs; sculpture very finely and almost imperceptibly striate.

Taken by Box from myrmecodomatia on leaf petioles of the plant Cuviera aeratifolia. Also from hollow stems (domatia) of young Canthium glabrifolium, at Bunsu, by Box, xi.1944 (Donisthorpe, 1945b). Listed by Strickland (1948, 1951a) as being taken once on cocoa, at Asuansi, in western Ghana.


{Crematogaster cuvierae} The photomontage is of the holotype worker; collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0902069.

My earlier feeling was that this was no more than a small worker of Crematogaster depressa - especially see the Ghana worker on the linked page. However, the fresh specimens from Liberia and Cameroun support Donisthorpe's view that this is a separate species but what he described from a single collection of four workers was only the media worker..


Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa Camp 4
SLAM 3
6.iv.2013
Nimba County
0733’04" N
0833’17" E
SLAM trap
Floodplain & marsh
501 m asl
 minor
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Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae
B Taylor det.
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa
PF 14
29.iii.2013
Nimba County
0733’38" N
0832’33" E
Pitfall trap
Degraded secondary forest
518 m asl

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Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae
B Taylor det.


Cameroun
A Fotso Kuate
Crematogaster sp23

28.ix.2007
Boga
0354'30" N
1125'58" E
Quadrat in forest


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Crematogaster (Atopogyne) cuvierae
B Taylor det.
Ghana
S Sky Stephens
06G0070

2006
In personal collection of S Sky Stephens
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{Crematogaster cuvierae}The photomontage is of a major worker from Liberia; collector E Poiriet (Yekepa PF XIV).


{Crematogaster cuvierae}The photomontage is of a media worker from Liberia; collector E Poiriet (Yekepa PF XIV).


{Crematogaster cuvierae}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Liberia; collector E Poiriet (Yekepa PF XIV).


{Crematogaster cuvierae}The photomontage is of a worker from Ghana, collected by S Sky Stephens, 2006. This is rather larger than described by Donisthorpe but, given the common size range in workers of the subgenus, the overall characteristics suggest it is cuvierae.


Crematogaster cuvierae The photomontage is of a worker from Cameroun, Boga; collector A Fotso Kuate (fk sp 23)


2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.

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