The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) inermis Mayr

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) inermis Mayr

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return to listIran list{link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Egypt (Cremastogaster inermis n. sp., Mayr, 1862: 766, worker; André, 1883b, queen; Santschi, 1937e: 296, queen; Santschi, 1938a: 38, male) Sinai Peninsula, collector v. Frauenfeld - see below
junior synonyms (here)
aphrodite (Crematogaster (A) inermis Mayr var. aphrodite n. var., Santschi, 1937e: 298, illustrated, all forms) from Cyprus, River Germasonia, 26.i.1931, Movromostakis- see below
lucida (Cremastogaster inermis Mayr var. lucida, Forel, 1890c: 220, worker; Forel, 1904c: 6, male; Santschi, 1937e: 297, queen) from Tunisia - see below

armatula (Crematogaster inermis inermis var. armatula n., Emery, 1926: 3, worker; Menozzi, 1933b: 59, queen) from Syria - no images on Antweb (August 2016) - described as (my translation) "I give this name to a variety from Syria which has more or less distinct spines on the propodeum". May well be Crematogaster (Cr.) subdentata which is known from the general area.

{Crematogaster inermis}Mayr's (1862) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1904c) description of lucida (male) is at {original description}. Santschi's (1937e) further description and the type male is at {original description}. Santschi's (1937e) description of aphrodite is at {original description}.

WORKER - Without a subpetiolar spine or propodeal spines.

A dubious Nigeria species, in the key to CRIN species (Bolton, unpublished, 1969) but from Bolton (1995) it seems to be a North African-Mediterranean species.

Some indication of its characteristics can be found in the description by Emery (1893c) of Cr. (Cr.) alluaudi from the Canary Islands (collected by C. Alluaud). Mesonotum convex both anteriorly and posteriorly, with angular sides but no spines or teeth; with an obtuse and strongly rounded angle between the dorsum and declivity of the propodeum. Petiole truncated anteriorly. Lacking pronounced pubescence. Emery noted it was known from Algeria, Egypt, Sinai, Syria and with a race ("sevelli" Forel, now species Crematogaster sewelli from Madagascar.

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

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

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

Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) inermis
B Taylor det.
M Sharaf
30°45' N
28°06' E
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) inermis
B Taylor det.
O Norfolk
28°33' N
33°56' E
St Katherine’s Protectorate
Pitfall trap in wadi garden


{Crematogaster inermis}The photomontage is of specimens from Egypt, Sinai, St Katherine's; collector Olivia Norfolk.

{Crematogaster inermis}The photomontage is of a worker from Egypt, Abuswelam, Elmenia, E 30°45' N 28°06';, collector Mostafa Sharaf.

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