The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Oxygyne) donisthorpei Santschi

Crematogaster (Oxygyne) donisthorpei Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zimbabwe (Crematogaster (Oxygyne) donsithorpei n. sp., Santschi, 1934a: 188, all forms) - see below

All forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Crematogyne donisthorpei}Santschi's (1934a) description is at {original description}. Illustration from Santschi (1935a: 261) where he described margaritae cupida and gave comparison with donisthorpei.

{Crematogaster (Oxygyne) donisthorpei}The photomontage is collated from The Smithsonian Institute cotype images at

{Crematogyne donisthorpei} The photomontage of a purported co-type is collated from

Note that Santschi (1934a), describing specimens collected in 1899, had the colour of the workers as black, with some individuals passing to brownish

{Crematogaster donisthorpei}The photomontage is compiled from screenshots of the ant from a film "The Queen of Trees", on Ficus sycomorus L. (Sycamore Fig - found throughout eastern Africa and north into Egypt and Syria); filmed, directed and produced by Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone; scientific advisor Stephen Compton, BBC Natural World series, 2005. The film is set in southern Kenya (Mzima?). Despite the limitations of the image, the overall characters match those given by Santschi, notably, the erect hairs on the anterior of the clypeus, the impressed median line on the head, the deep metanotal suture, and the median notch in the posterior border of the postpetiole.

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