The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) proserpina Wheeler - new status

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) proserpina Wheeler - new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Crematogaster menilekii (Forel) subspecies proserpina Santschi, new subspecies; in Wheeler, 1922: 154) from Malela, by Lang & Chapin - see below
junior synonyms (here)
pluton (Crematogaster (Crematogaster) Meneliki For. stirps proserpina Sants. var. pluton n. var., Santschi, 1919h: 87, worker) from Zare, Zambi, by J. Bequaert - see below
suddensis (Crematogaster (C.) menileki Forel, suddensis subsp. nov., Weber, 1943c: 356, worker & queen) from Sudan - no images on Antweb (August 2016)

Wheeler (1922) proserpina as : TL 3.2-4 mm; pale, brownish yellow, shining, thorax and petiole near opaque, anterior border of head and corners obliquely truncated, postpetiole of two distinct ovoidal eminences. The ants were living in the stalks of Papyrus and making carton nests in their crowns, biting fiercely if disturbed.

Santschi's (1919h) description of pluton is at {original description}. Weber's (1919h) description of suddensis is at {original description}. The latter appears to match the darker form of pluton.

{Crematogaster (Cr.) Menilekii proserpina}

The photomontage of proserpina is collated from
see also

{Crematogaster proserpina pluton}The photomontage of a worker of pluton is collated from

2016 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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