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Genus Crematogaster - Acrobat Ants

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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
Crematogaster Lund, 1831
Misspelling of Greek kremastos 'hanging', 'suspended' + gaster 'stomach' (refers to the dorsal attachment of postpetiole to gaster)
28 species in NA
workers and males 2.5-3.5mm, queens about twice as long.
The unusual heart-shaped gaster (as viewed from above) and dorsal articulation of the postpetiole to the gaster are distinguishing features of this genus.
Northern and desert species soil-inhabiting, most species of the warm, humid Southeast arboreal or semi-arboreal.
Honeydew, extrafloral nectar, scavenged protein from bird and other droppings, carrion.
Print References
Longino, J.T. 2003. The Crematogaster (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) of Costa Rica. Zootaxa 151: 1-150.
Review of North American species by Buren 1968(1)
Internet References
live adult images of eleven Nearctic species plus several species from elsewhere (Alex Wild,
key to species of Crematogaster found in Mississippi and Alabama (Mississippi State U.)
Works Cited
1.A review of the species of Crematogaster, sensu stricto, in North America (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Part II. Descriptions of ne
Buren, W.F. 1968. Journal of the Georgia Entomological Society: 3: 91-121.