Crematogaster formosa

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Crematogaster formosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. formosa
Binomial name
Crematogaster formosa
Mayr, 1870

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 25.5833° to 9.5333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Guatemala, Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • formosa. Crematogaster formosa Mayr, 1870b: 994 (w.) MEXICO (Veracruz).
    • Type-material: lectotype worker (by designation of Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 184), 13 paralectotype workers.
    • Type-locality: lectotype Mexico: Jalapa (Bilimek & Sichel); paralectotypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: MCZC (lectotype); MCZC, NHMW (paralectotypes).
    • Combination in C. (Orthocrema): Emery, 1922e: 135.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 81; Forel, 1899c: 81; Emery, 1922e: 135; Kempf, 1972a: 87; Bolton, 1995b: 153; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012: 258; Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 181 (redescription).
    • Senior synonym of aterrima: Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 181.
    • Distribution: Guatemala, Mexico.
  • aterrima. Crematogaster formosa var. aterrima Wheeler, W.M. 1909b: 234 (w.m.) MEXICO (Veracruz).
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype males (number not stated, “numerous specimens”).
    • Type-locality: Mexico: Jalapa (F. Silvestri).
    • Type-depositories: LACM, MCZC.
    • Combination in C. (Orthocrema): Emery, 1922e: 135.
    • Subspecies of formosa: Emery, 1922e: 135; Kempf, 1972a: 87; Bolton, 1995b: 148.
    • Junior synonym of formosa: Morgan & Mackay, 2017: 181.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Blaimer B. B. 2012. Acrobat ants go global – Origin, evolution and systematics of the genus Crematogaster (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 421-436.
  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Koptur, S., M. Palacios-Rios, C. Diaz-Castelazo, W. P. Mackay, and V. Rico-Gray. 2013. Nectar secretion on fern fronds associated with lower levels of herbivore damage: field experiments with a widespread epiphyte of Mexican cloud forest remnants. Annals of Botany 111: 1277-1283.
  • Longino, J.T. 2010. Personal Communication. Longino Collection Database
  • Philpott, S. M. 2006. Ant patchiness: a spatially quantitative test in coffee agroecosystems. Naturwissenschaften 93: 386-392.
  • Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133