Cardiocondyla gibbosa

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Cardiocondyla gibbosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Cardiocondyla
Species: C. gibbosa
Binomial name
Cardiocondyla gibbosa
Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Cardiocondyla gibbosa.


Seifert (2003) - A member of the Cardiocondyla stambuloffii group. Closely related to Cardiocondyla stambuloffii. The unique type of head sculpture, the much longer pubescence, and the more elongated head are sufficient arguments for heterospecifity. Cardiocondyla gibbosa is superficially similar to Cardiocondyla tibetana but the shorter scape, the smaller eye, the much smaller dFOV, the larger postocular index, the wider postpetiole, and the longer pubescence enable a clear separation.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Kazakhstan (type locality), Kyrgyzstan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • gibbosa. Cardiocondyla elegans subsp. gibbosa Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1927d: 37 (w.) KAZAKHSTAN. Junior synonym of koshewnikovi: Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 195. Revived from synonymy and raised to species: Seifert, 2003a: 268.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Seifert (2003) - Head relatively long, CL/CW 1.195. Postocular distance large, PoOc/CL 0.458. Eye small, EYE 0.220. Anterior clypeal margin convex to straight. Clypeus, frontal laminae, and anterior area of vertex (about 60 % of total vertex surface) longitudinally carinulate-rugulose; strongest rugae mediofrontally of eyes. Interspaces between rugae relatively smooth, foveolae completely absent; tiny pits around bases of pubescence hair only visible with high-resolution stereomicroscopy (objective with numeric aperture 0.23, magnification 250 - 320x); tiny pits of 4 - 5 mm diameter well-visible on perfectly smooth posterior 40 % of vertex surface. Mesosoma in overall impression shining, with more profuse pubescence than in most other species. Frontal and dorsolateral areas of pronotum and propodeum dorsally glabrous. Ventrolateral area of pronotum, whole mesonotum, ventrolateral area of propodeum, mesopleurae, and metapleurae to a varying degree longitudinally rugulose with shining interspaces; the strongest rugae on meso- and metapleurae. Propodeal spines reduced to obtusely-angled corners. Waist segments entirely smooth, their shape as in Cardiocondyla stambuloffii, though postpetiole less than twice as wide as long. Gaster pubescence longer than in related species, PLG/CS 7.73 %. More or less concolorous medium to dark brown.

Type Material

Seifert (2003) - Lectotype worker (by present designation) and 3 paralectotype workers labelled “Cardiocondyla elegans gibbosa nov. 1927, Suzak 3.VII.1923” and “Turkestan Suzak Kusnezov”, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel. Suzak is situated at 44.07 N, 63.27 E and belongs now to Kazakhstan.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Gulzar A. 2014. Classification and Distribution of ants in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Master's Thesis Shaanxi Normal University, 75 pages.
  • Gulzar A., Y. Tang, P. Zhang, and S. Q. Xu. 2014. A new record ant species of the genus Cardiocondyla Emery from China (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Systematics, 39(3): 455–458
  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Schultz, R., A. G. Radchenko, and B. Seifert. "A critical checklist of the ants of Kyrgyzstan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Myrmecologische Nachrichten 8 (2006): 201-207.