The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) cincta Emery - new status

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) cincta Emery - new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ethiopia (Crematogaster Chiarinii, Emery, var. cincta n. var., Emery, 1896i: 157, worker) from Somalia, Lugh - see below
junior synonyms (here)
aethiops (var. aethiops n. var., Forel, 1907c: 142, footnote, worker; Menozzi, 1930b: 90, male) from Somalia, in acacia spines, Prof. Keller - see below
bayeri (Crematogaster (Acrocoelia) chiarini Em., stirps bayeri n. st., Santschi, 1926b: 215, worker) from Kenya, Korio River, Dr Bayer, - see
sellula (Crematogaster Chiarinii Em., stirps sellula n. st., Santschi, 1914a: 431, worker) from Tanzania, Khutu Steppe, K Schwarze, 1912 - see below
subsulcata (Crematogaster Chiarinii Em., stirps subsulcata n. st., Santschi, 1914a: 432, worker) from Sudan, Khartoum, Karavaiev - see
Worker and male described .

Emery's (1896i) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1907c) description of aethiops is at {original description}. Santschi's (1914a) description of sellula is at {original description}. Santschi's (1914a) description of subsulcata is at {original description}. Santschi's (1926b) description of bayeri is at {original description}. Emery (1897e: 598) noted that the variety cincta was generally paler than the type being yellow brown, with head and gaster darker.

Note: with fresh specimens from acacia in Sudan that appear to be close to the description given by Emery (1896i) for the species Crematogaster chiarinii variety cincta, I separated the distinct forms with a general yellow-brown or red-brown colour and darker gaster, with paler appendages to a separate species here described.
The aethiops form is a puzzle as Forel (1907c) noted is as collected with the variety cincta in the spines of acacias but as being black or near black, with very short propodeal spines and a the occiput more distinctly impressed.  This suggested it might be yet another species. The availability of type images from Antweb (February 2014) show little difference between the forms, however. 

Wheeler (1922) has many records from East Africa and into Saudi Arabia. It seems very likely that those were mostly if not all cincta.

Collingwood (1985) separated "C. chiarinii" from other species recorded from Saudi Arabia by - head wider than long; petiole about as wide as long; alitrunk paler than head or gaster, propodeal spines more than 0.2 mm; also more strongly sculptured than affabilis (type location Somalia); mesonotum with keel.

{Crematogaster cincta}The photomontage of a worker from the type collection is collated from

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

Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) cincta
B Taylor det.
J Mathews
JM 294

1151' N
3415' E
Damazine Plantation, Blue Nile
pyrethrum fogging of Sengalia senegal


Crematogaster cinctaThe photomontage is of a major worker from Sudan, Khordonia; collector J Mathews (JM 294).

Crematogaster cinctaThe photomontage is of a minor worker from Sudan, Khordonia; collector J Mathews (JM 294).

Crematogaster cinctaThe photomontage is of the Santschi (1914a) Schwarze workers of sellula from Tanzania, FoCol images.

2013, 2014, 2016 - Brian Taylor CBiol FRSB FRES
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