The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Crematogaster) ruspolii Forel

Crematogaster (Crematogaster) ruspolii Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Somalia (Crematogaster Ruspolii nov. sp., Forel, 1892b: 142, worker & male) Faf - see below
subspecies atriscapis (Cremastogaster Ruspolii For. v. atriscapis n. v., Forel 1915c: 338, worker) from Zare, collected at St Gabriel, by Kohl - see
worker and male described (Bolton, 1995) .

Forel's (1892b) description is at {original description}.

Bequaert (in Wheeler, 1922, p 407) cited atriscapis as collected by Father Kohl from in myrmecophilous plants.

The latter was described in Forel (1915c) as -
TL 3.1-3.6 mm; darker than type, black; funiculus and tarsi rust brown; lower legs dark brown; scapes black. Postpetiole deeply scalloped posteriorly (less so in the type), anterior with a longitudinal notch. Head slightly more strongly puncturate than type; antennae slightly longer and slimmer, reaching the occiput.
Collected by Kohl at St. Gabriel, Kisangani, Zare. Construct carton nests of 10-40 height and 20-25 cm diameter. Cultivate colonies of coccids in trees, covering them with carton tents. {original description}

Forel (1916) noted that the collections including one on cocoa, cultivating large [numbers] of coccids, with the carton often enveloping the small fruits, whose development was arrested.

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

2007, 2008, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.