Carebara castanea

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Carebara castanea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. castanea
Binomial name
Carebara castanea
Smith, F., 1858

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Laos, Thailand.
Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Nests are complex underground constructions. Colonies consist of tens of thousands of workers, with a single queen.

Segment of a Carebara castanea nest from northern Thailand, showing two levels of chambers with supporting pillars. Photo by Christian Peeters


Workers are monomorphic in size. Soldiers are absent in this species.

Striking dimorphism in body size between queen and workers in Carebara castanea. From Lampang province, northern Thailand. Photo by Christian Peeters


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

  • castanea. Carebara castanea Smith, F. 1858b: 178 (q.) CHINA (Hong Kong). Current subspecies: nominal plus augustata.



  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 178, queen described)