The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Orthocrema) molongori Weber - new status

Crematogaster (Orthocrema) molongori Weber - new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Sudan (Crematogaster (Orthocrema) sordidula Nyl. molongori subsp. nov.,Weber, 1943c: 357, worker) Imatong Mountians, 31.vii.1939, N A Weber
worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Crematogaster (Orth.) molongori} Weber's (1943c) description is at {original description}.

The photomontage of a cotype is collated from

I initially (2007) raised it to full species status primarily because of geographical isolation from sordidula, which is an otherwise only circum-Mediterranean species. Weber compared it with the "subspecies" natalensis, itself now a full species. Now (2009), from the Emery analysis (below), plus the photographs of the type and the fresh specimen from Congo, it is clear molongori differs in the propodeal spines being flatter in lateral view, the greater sculpturation on the head and alitrunk (smooth in sordidula) and the restriction of erect hairs on the alitrunk

Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Orthocrema) molongori
B Taylor det.

E Zassi

03°20'12.0" S
015°28'43.6" E
Village Mah; 24h pitfall trap


{Crematogaster (Orth.) molongori}The photomontage is of a worker from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna, Village Mah; collector Eric Zassi (n sp 60 & 65).

{Crematogaster sordidula}Nylander's (1849: 44) description of Crematogaster sordidula (as Myrmica sordidula) is at {original description}. Emery (1912e: 667 ff) gave an illustrated analysis of sordidula and it varieties. This is on {original description}, {original description} and {original description}.

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