Crematogaster jehovae

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Crematogaster jehovae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. jehovae
Binomial name
Crematogaster jehovae
Forel, 1907

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Specimen Labels



Keys including this Species


Sharaf et al. (2019): This species was originally described from Israel and is also known from the southeastern Europe and the Middle East (Borowiec and Salata 2012; Borowiec 2014; Guénard et al. 2017; Janicki et al. 2017). Our material represents the first record from the KSA since it was previously only known from UAE and Yemen (Borowiec and Salata 2012; Borowiec 2014).

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 42.763146° to 18.204267°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Palaearctic Region: China, Greece, Israel (type locality), Montenegro, Turkey.

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.

  • jehovae. Crematogaster auberti subsp. jehovae Forel, 1907b: 207 (w.) ISRAEL.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Israel: Jerusalem (T. Schmid).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • [Misspelled as johovae by Forel, 1909c: 104.]
    • Menozzi, 1933b: 58 (q.).
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922e: 142; Santschi, 1930c: 266;
    • combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Subspecies of auberti: Forel, 1909c: 104 (in text); Forel, 1910a: 9; Emery, 1912e: 660; Forel, 1913d: 430; Wheeler, W.M. & Mann, 1916: 170; Emery, 1922e: 142; Finzi, 1930c: 23.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1926: 3; Menozzi, 1929e: 125; Santschi, 1930c: 266; Menozzi, 1933b: 58; Finzi, 1936: 173; Santschi, 1938a: 38; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 54; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 272 (in key); Kugler, J. 1988: 258; Bolton, 1995b: 155; Petrov, 2006: 93 (in key); Vonshak, et al. 2009: 42; Karaman, M.G. 2011a: 9 (redescription); Karaman, M.G. 2011b: 23; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 489; Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 42; Borowiec, L. 2014: 66 (see note in bibliography); Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, 2014: 135; Sharaf, Aldawood & Hita Garcia, 2019: 62; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2020: 8.
    • Distribution: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus crawleyi.

Taxonomic Notes

Sharaf et al. (2019): The taxonomy and identification of this species seems straightforward and we expect that this will remain this way.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2012. Ants of Greece - Checklist, comments and new faunistic data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus 23(4): 461-563.
  • Emery C. 1926. Ultime note mirmecologiche. Boll. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 58: 1-9.
  • Finzi B. 1930. Hymenopteren aus Palästina und Syrien. (Zoologische Studienreise von R. Ebner 1928 mit Unterstützung der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien.) Formicidae. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse. Abteilung I 139:22-24.
  • Forel A. 1907. Fourmis nouvelles de Kairouan et d'Orient. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 51: 201-208.
  • Forel A. 1910. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32.
  • Forel, A.. "Fourmis de la faune méditerranéenne récoltées par MM. U. et J. Sahlberg." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 21 (1913): 427-438.
  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • HUANG Jian-hua, ZHOU Shan-yi. 2006. A Checklist of Family Formicidae of China - Myrmicinae (Part I) (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Journal of Guangxi Normal University. Natural science edition 24: 87-94.
  • Izhaki I., B. Idelovich, R. Laster, and Y. Ofer. 2009. The impact of macro- vs micro environmental factors on the structure of ant communities inhabiting East-Mediterranean Aleppo pine forests. Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 129-146.
  • Karaman M. G. 2011. A catalogue of the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Montenegro. Podgorica: Catalogues 3, Volume 2, Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, 140 pp.
  • Kugler J. 1988. The zoogeography of Israel. 9. The zoogeography of social insects of Israel and Sinai. Monographiae biologicae 62: 251-275.
  • Li F. 2007. A Taxonomy Study on Genera Crematogaster and Myrmica from China (Hymenoptera:Formicidae:Myrmicinae). Guangxi Normal University, Guangxi, China. 58 pages.
  • Martinez J. J. 2008. Firebreaks in planted pine forests in Israel: patches for Mediterranean Bata ants. Vie et Milieu 58(3/4): 233-236.
  • Petrov I. Z. 2008. Notes on the currently known ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Montenegro. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum 1: 243-254.
  • Santschi, F. 1938. Quelques nouvelles fourmis d'Egypte. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique d'Egypte 21: 28-44.
  • Sharaf M. R., S. A. Aldawood, and F. Hita Garcia. 2019. Review of the Arabian Crematogaster Lund (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), synoptic list, distribution, and description of two new species from Oman and Saudi Arabia. ZooKeys 898: 27-81
  • Tohme G. 1996. Formicidae. Etude de la diversité biologique n° 4 . Ministère de l’Agriculture à Beyrouth (Eds.). P85-87.
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.
  • Wheeler W. M. and W. M. Mann. 1916. The ants of the Phillips Expedition to Palestine during 1914. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 60: 167-174.
  • Wheeler W. M., and W. M. Mann. 1916. The ants of the Phillips Expedition to Palestine during 1914. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 60: 167-174.