Lasius crinitus

AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Lasius crinitus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Lasius
Species: L. crinitus
Binomial name
Lasius crinitus
(Smith, F., 1858)

Lasius crinitus casent0903212 p 1 high.jpg

Lasius crinitus casent0903212 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels



Keys including this Species


Known only from the Himalayas.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Nepal.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

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.



Images from AntWeb

Lasius crinitus casent0903213 d 1 high.jpgLasius crinitus casent0903213 h 1 high.jpgLasius crinitus casent0903213 p 1 high.jpgLasius crinitus casent0903213 l 1 high.jpg
Holotype of Acanthomyops hingstoniWorker. Specimen code casent0903213. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • crinitus. Formica crinita Smith, F. 1858b: 13 (q.) INDIA. Wilson, 1955a: 188 (w.). Combination in Lasius: Mayr, 1862: 700; in L. (Chthonolasius): Emery, 1925b: 233. Senior synonym of hingstoni: Wilson, 1955a: 187. See also: Bingham, 1903: 339; Collingwood, 1982: 293.
  • hingstoni. Acanthomyops (Chthonolasius) hingstoni Donisthorpe, 1929a: 448 (w.) INDIA. Junior synonym of crinitus: Wilson, 1955a: 187.

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



Wilson (1955) - On the basis of its size, pilosity, petiole shape, and geographic origin, Donisthorpe's species hingstoni is considered herein the worker caste of crinitus. Three of Donisthorpe's syntypes were used in the following diagnosis.

(1) Exceptionally large; PW 0.88, 0.90, and 0.93 mm. respectively.

(2) Dorsal crest of petiole seen in frontal view wedge-shaped, its sides tapering upward to form an angular, non-emarginate median prominence.

(3) Body pilosity consisting of long, coarse, suberect-erect hairs; maximum length on first two gastric tergites 0.18 mm., on pronotum 0.21 mm., on occiput 0.23 mm. These hairs are concentrated mainly on the occipital margin, pronotum, posterior third of the mesonotum, dorsal convexity of the propodeum, dorsal crest of the petiole, and entire gastric surface; they are occasional over the anterior surface of the head. Appendages completely lacking outstanding pilosity except for a few short, erect hairs on the coxae.

(4) Scapes somewhat flattened, maximum width at midlength 0.13 mm., minimum width 0.08 mm.

(5) Contrary to Donisthorpe's statement, the maxillary palps are not five-jointed, but six-jointed as in other species of Lasius.


Wilson (1955) - (1) Largest Lasius known; HW of Sikkim queen 1.99 mm.

(2) Pilosity of alitrunk and gaster consisting of extremely long, fine, sinuous, predominantly appressed yellow hairs, which are concentrated along the posterior margin of the pronotum, lateral faces of the scutum, lateral and ventral sides of the first two gastric segments, frontal declivity of the first gastric tergite, and whole surfaces of the exposed posterior gastric segments. They are especially abundant on the posterior gastric segments, converging to form a matted sheath over the apex, but they are sparse over most of-the dorsal surfaces of the first two gastric segments and the scutum, and absent altogether from the appendages, the head, most of the pronotum, and all of the propodeum. Similar hairs, many doubled over and wicket-shaped, form a dense fringe along the dorsal crest of the petiole. Shorter, mostly non-sinuous hairs occur on the mandibles and around the metapleural gland openings. The single specimen examined (Sikkim) is rather badly battered and probably has had some hairs worn off, but its pilosity pattern still agrees generally with that described by Bingham for the holotype.

(3) Scape moderately flattened; in the Sikkim specimen, maximum width at midlength 0.15 mm., minimum width 0.12 mm.

(4) Gastric tergites with abundant appressed pubescence.

(5) Body uniformly ochraceous, the appendages somewhat lighter. The entire body, including the gastric tergites, shagreened and feebly shining to subopaque.

(6) Petiole in frontal view with broadly rounded dorsolateral corners, converging toward the midline to meet a narrow, obtusely angular median excision.

Type Material

Wilson (1955) - HOLOTYPE. A queen in the British Museum.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Collingwood C. A. 1982. Himalayan ants of the genus Lasius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology 7: 283-296.
  • Collingwood C.A. 1970. Formicidae (Hymenopter: Aculeata) of Nepal. Himalaya Khumbu Himal, 3: 371-388.
  • Donisthorpe H. 1929. The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) taken by Major R. W. G. Hingston, M.C., I.M.S. (ret.), on the Mount Everest Expedition, 1924. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10)4: 444-449.
  • Thapa V. K. 2000. An Inventory of Nepal's Insects, Vol. III. IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, xi + 475 pp.