Crematogaster pellens

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Crematogaster pellens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Crematogaster
Species: C. pellens
Binomial name
Crematogaster pellens
Walker, 1859

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Sri Lanka (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.

  • pellens. Crematogaster pellens Walker, 1859: 374 (q.) SRI LANKA.
    • Type-material: 2 syntype queens.
    • Type-locality: Sri Lanka: (no further data) (F. Walker).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • [Misspelled as pollens by Smith, F. 1871a: 330; misspelled as pillens by Chapman & Capco, 1951: 96.]
    • Combination in C. (Acrocoelia): Donisthorpe, 1932b: 576;
    • combination in C. (Crematogaster): Bolton, 1995b: 166.
    • Unidentifiable taxon: Forel, 1903a: 682.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 404; Motschoulsky, 1863: 21; Smith, F. 1871a: 329; Dalla Torre, 1893: 84; Emery, 1922e: 158; Donisthorpe, 1932b: 576; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 96; Bolton, 1995b: 159; Dias, R.K.S. et al. 2020: 71.
    • Distribution: Sri Lanka.



  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932b. On the identity of some ants from Ceylon described by F. Walker. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(9): 574-576 (page 576, Combination in C. (Acrocoelia))
  • Walker, F. 1859. Characters of some apparently undescribed Ceylon insects. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 3(4): 370-376 (page 374, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Dias R. K. S. 2002. Current knowledge on ants of Sri Lanka. ANeT Newsletter 4: 17- 21.
  • Dias R. K. S. 2006. Current taxonomic status of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Sri Lanka. The Fauna of Sri Lanka: 43-52. Bambaradeniya, C.N.B. (Editor), 2006. Fauna of Sri Lanka: Status of Taxonomy, Research and Conservation. The World Conservation Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka & Government of Sri Lanka. viii + 308pp.
  • Dias R. K. S., K. R. K. A. Kosgamage, and H. A. W. S. Peiris. 2012. The Taxonomy and Conservation Status of Ants (Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae) in Sri Lanka. In: The National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka; Conservation Status of the Fauna and Flora. Weerakoon, D.K. & S. Wijesundara Eds., Ministry of Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p11-19.
  • Hosoishi S. and K. Ogata. 2009. A check list of the ant genus Crematogaster in Asia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Inst. Trop. Agr. Kyushu Univ. 32: 43-83.