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Genus Crematogaster - Acrobat Ants

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Myrmicinae
Tribe Crematogastrini
Genus Crematogaster (Acrobat Ants)
Explanation of Names
Misspelling of Greek kremastos 'hanging', 'suspended' + gaster 'stomach' (refers to the dorsal attachment of postpetiole to gaster)
Numbers
28 species in NA
Size
workers and males 2.5-3.5mm, queens about twice as long.
Identification
The unusual heart-shaped gaster (as viewed from above) and dorsal articulation of the postpetiole to the gaster are distinguishing features of this genus.
Range
cosmopolitan
Habitat
Northern and desert species soil-inhabiting, most species of the warm, humid Southeast arboreal or semi-arboreal.
Food
Honeydew, extrafloral nectar, scavenged protein from bird and other droppings, carrion.
Internet References
live adult images of eleven Nearctic species plus several species from elsewhere (Alex Wild, mymecos.net)
key to species of Crematogaster found in Mississippi and Alabama (Mississippi State U.)