The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Orthocrema) natalensis Forel

Crematogaster (Orthocrema) natalensis Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Cremastogaster sordidula Nyl., subsp. natalensis n.subsp., Forel, 1910e: 100, all forms; raised to species by Emery, 1912e: 668) Mountians of Natal
junior synonyms (here)
braunsi (Cremastogaster sordidula Nyl., subsp. natalensis Forel var. Braunsi n. var., Forel, 1911f: 277, worker; Emery, 1922e: 131; Crematogaster (Orthocrema) natalensis For. v. braunsi For., Santschi, 1926b: 212) from South Africa, Matroosberg Mts, R W Tucker - see below
dulcis (Crematogaster (Orthocrema) natalensis For. var. dulcis n. var., Santschi, 1926b: 212, worker), from South Africa, Natal, R C Wroughton - see below
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Forel's (1910e) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1911f) description of braunsi is at {original description}. Arnold (1920a: 539) gave a translation; this is at {original description} Santschi's (1926b) description of dulcis is at {original description}.

{Crematogaster natalensis} The photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Although labelled "typus", this is from Basutoland (Lesotho) (listed in Forel, 1910e) but is not the true type which was from the Mountains of Natal, collected by Wroughton. It is some 25% smaller (TL ca 2.5 mm) than the types of braunsi (TL ca 3.8 mm) and dulcis (TL ca 3.0 mm). Arnold (1920a) however gave a confusing statement where he regarded the Estcourt, Natal, specimens as braunsi and gave TL 2.6-3.5 mm with natalensis from Estcourt and Krantz Kloof as TL 2-2.5 mm..

{Crematogaster braunsi} The photomontage of the braunsi type worker is collated from

{Crematogaster dulcis} The photomontage of the dulcis type worker is collated from

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