The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis Stitz

Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis Stitz

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zaïre (Cremastogaster libengensis n. sp., Stitz, 1916: 389, illustrated, worker) collected at Libenge by Schubotz - no images on Antweb (March 2015)
subspecies rufula from Zaïre (Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis Stitz v. rufula n. var., Santschi, 1926b: 227, worker) collected at Stanley Falls, by H. Kohl - see bottom
Worker only described (see Bolton 1995) .


{Crematogaster libengensis} align=Stitz's (1926b) description is at {original description}. Santschi's (1926b) description of rufula is at {original description}.

From Guinea, Bernard (1952) listed findings of the type form from Mt. Nimba - 2 workers in the leaf litter sampling of north-east forest (Villiers) and several, workers from station T 136, Nion forest (Lamotte). Specimens of rufula were collected at station B6, N'Zo. Others probably of this species were 2 workers and 1 alated queen from Yalanzou. He also noted this species, previously purely Congolese, had been collected from Banco forest, Ivory Coast by Villiers (in 1945).

I show the type of rufula at the bottom of this page.  The colour appears far removed from that of Stitz's description and it may be a distinct species.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 103

24.vii.2006
Pongara
00°34' N
09°19' E
On or under tree bark, Okoumé 1
{album}
Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis
B Taylor det.
Gabon
Y Braet
Gabon 219

27.vi-10.vii.2006
Pongara
00°34' N
09°19' E
pkd collection from Combretum molle
1
{album}
Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
EY-02

07.ii.2005
Dzanga-Sangha
02°50’01.8" N
16°08’13.7" E
Camp 3; Fauchage, 14h, dans petite saline à proximité du camp; 375m asl
1
{album}
Crematogaster (Sphaerocrema) libengensis
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Moretto
xii.2012

Sangha
PN Ndoki
02˚28'39" N
22˚01'20" E
07-06
Lac 1, forêt à Gilbertiodendron, piège malaise

3
{album}

{Crematogaster libengensis} The photomontage is of a worker from Central African Repiublic, Sangha NP, Ndoki; collector P Moretto. Appears to be very close to the type form


{Crematogaster libengensis}The photomontage is of a worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 219). Apart from the apparently shorter propodeal spines this is a good match for Stitz's description.


{Crematogaster gabonensis} The photomontage is of a rather dusty smaller worker, also from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 103).


{Crematogaster gabonensis} The photomontage is of a worker from Central African Repiublic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR EY).


{Crematogaster libengensis} The photomontage is of a worker from Central African Repiublic, Sangha NP, Ndoki; collector P Moretto.


{Crematogaster libengensis rufula} The photomontage of the type worker of rufula is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0912807

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