The Ants of Africa
Genus Crematogaster
Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei Forel

Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Mozambique (Cremastogaster gallicola v. Liengmei, n.var., Forel, 1894b: 96, worker) Delagoa, Dr Liengme - see below
caculata (Cremastogaster Peringueyi Em. r. caculata n. stirps, Forel, 1915c: 341, worker) from South Africa, Durban, Natal, C B Cooper - see
weitzeckeri (Crematogaster Weitzeckeri, n. sp., Emery, 1895h: 28, illustrated, worker) from South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, M Weitzecker - see below; junior synonym of weitzeckeri is kloofensis (Cremastogaster coelestis Sant. v. kloofensis n. var., Forel, 1914d: 237, worker; synonymy by Arnold, 1920a: 549) - no images on Antweb (January 2015)
worker only described .

Arnold (1920a) found acanthobia (Cr. excisa Mayr r. Andrei var. acanthobia n.v., Forel, 1914d: 236, worker), gordonensis (Cr. excisa r. andrei var. gordonensis, Forel, 1914d: 236, worker) and thais (as Cr. excisa Mayr r. Andrei v. Thais n. v., Forel, 1913a: 126, worker) all have ten-segmented antennae and placed them under liengmei race weitzeckeri; this is unclear in Bolton (1995) where they are simply listed as "unavailable names". For thais see

{Crematogaster liengmei weitzeckeri}Forel's (1894b) description is at {original description}. Emery's (1895h) illustrated description of weitzeckeri is at {original description}. Forel's (1913a) description of thais is at {original description}. Forel's (1914d) descriptions of gordanensis, acanthobia and kloofensis are at {original description}. Forel's (1915c) description of caculata is at {original description}. Arnold (1920a: 550) gave an illustrated translation, this is at {original description} and {original description}.

Forel's original description did not refer to the 10-segmented antennae and makes comparison with the 11-segmented antennae species Crematogaster (Crematogaster) gallicola

{Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei}The photomontage of the holotype is collated from

{Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei weitzeckeri}The photomontage of a worker from the type collection of weitzeckeri is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei
B Taylor det.

South Africa
Peter Hlavác

Western Cape
Swortberg Pass


{Crematogaster (Decacrema) liengmei}The photomontage is of a worker from South Africa, Western Cape, Swortberg Pass, 33°21'07"S 22°02'46"E, collector Peter Hlavac, 05.ix.2003. Collected with the Staphylinid beetle Novoclaviger braunsi Wasmann (1897a: 201) [see Peter Hlavác, 2007. Revision of the subtribe Clavigerodina and an annotated catalogue of South African Clavigeritae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). African Invertebrates, 48, 65-92)].

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