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SUBFAMILY MYRMICINAE - Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) laestrygon Emery

Crematogaster (Crem.) laestrygon Emery

return to key Type location Sicily (Cremastogaster laestrygon, Halid. in litt., Emery, 1869a: 1, worker; Baroni Urbani, 1964b: 43, queen) - see below
junior synonym vaucheri (Crematogaster auberti st laestrygon var vaucheri, Santschi, 1921d: 71; as ssp, Emery, 1926: 2, worker; synonymy by Collingwood, 1978: 69) from Morocco - see
airensis (Crematogaster laestrygon st airensis, Santschi, 1937e: 309, worker & male) from Niger - see
atlantis (Crematogaster laestrygon var atlantis, Santschi, 1937e: 306, all forms) from Algeria - see
canariensis (Crematogaster laestrygon ssp maura var canariensis, Emery, 1926: 3; Crematogaster laestrygon ssp canariensis, Barquin, 1981: 146, worker) from Canary Is - no images on Antweb (March 2015)
diminuta (Crematogaster laestrygon var diminuta, Santschi, 1910a: 43, worker) from Tunisia - see
granulata (Crematogaster laestrygon var granulata, Santschi, 1910a: 43, worker) from Tunisia - see
maura (Crematogaster auberti r laestrygon var maura, Forel, 1894d: 25; Crematogaster auberti var maura, Forel, 1909c: 104, worker) from Algeria - see
striaticeps (Crematogaster auberti r laestrygon var striaticeps, Forel, 1902g: 462; Crematogaster laestrygon var striaticeps, Forel, 1909c: 104, worker) from Algeria - see
submaura (Crematogaster laestrygon var submaura, Lomnicki, 1925b: 1) from the Balearic Is. - no images on Antweb (March 2015).
theryi (Crematogaster auberti st theryi, Santschi, 1921d: 71, worker; Santschi, 1937e: 309, queen) from Morocco - see
unavailable name vivax (Crematogaster auberti st laestrygon var vivax, Santschi, 1929e: 149, worker) from Morocco - no images on Antweb (March 2015).

{Crematogaster laestrygon}Emery's (1869b) description is at {original description}.

Crematogaster laestrygon variationsSantschi (1937e: 301) distinguished the laestrygon-groups of species by their having a low convexity to the mesonotum; compared to the more convex Crematogaster auberti; and separated from Crematogaster inermis by the presence of a spine or tooth on the propodeum.

Crematogaster laestrygonThe photomontage of a type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) laestrygon
B Taylor det.
J Kugler
3213'3" N
3516'34" E

{Crematogaster laestrygon major}Egypt records - Mohammed (1979) stated that "Storey (1912) mentioned that species is found in Suez road" [Storey, G.B.A. (1912) List of the Hymenoptera Tubulifera and Aculeata in the collection of the Ministry of Agriculture of Egypt. Bull.Soc.Ent.Egypte, 3:102-103].

The photomontages are of major and minor workers from Israel, sent to BT by Armin Ionescu, Tel Aviv University.

{Crematogaster laestrygon minor}Minor

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