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Species: Crematogaster laeviuscula   Mayr, 1870 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Crematogaster laeviuscula Mayr, 1870b PDF: 993 (w.) U.S.A. (Texas). Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Crematogaster (Acrocoelia): Emery, 1922c PDF: 141; in Crematogaster (Crematogaster): Buren, 1968b PDF: 92.
Status as species: Wheeler, 1919h PDF: 111; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 210.
Senior synonym of Crematogaster arborea: Smith, 1951c: 809 (provisional); Buren, in Smith, 1958c: 126.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)
Indomalaya Region: Indonesia
Nearctic Region: United States
Neotropical Region: Mexico

Distribution Notes:



Habitat: Swampy to mesic, remnant, re-grown and even disturbed wooded areas, also edges of fens, ponds and streams. Nests are in decomposing wood and hollow plant stems.

Natural History: C. laeviuscula nests near the ground, most often in a moist, decomposing stump or log, but forages mostly above ground on plants and in tree canopies, traveling in columns up and down tree trunks for access. Sexuals are reared in early summer.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 0 times found in Mixed hardwood forest, 1 times found in open grassland, 5 times found in Riparian woodland, 3 times found in live oak woodland, 2 times found in wetland, 1 times found in disturbed grassland, 0 times found in Bottomland forest, 2 times found in postoak/grass parkland, 4 times found in coastal dunes, 1 times found in Lakeside pine sage forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times under stone, 2 times nest in dead stick, 6 times in Quercus virginiana, 5 times in cottonwood, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times nest in dry wood, 3 times nest in dead stem, 2 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times nest in oak gall, 2 times lab colony, 3 times Under white pine bark, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times direct collection, 11 times search, 0 times Under rock, 2 times Winkler, 1 times hand coll., 1 times In rotting log, 1 times Dead branch, 0 times Log stage 3, 0 times On tree trunk, 0 times Under rotting log, 1 times Hollow stalk, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 3000 meters, 345 meters average

Type specimens: Paratype Crematogaster hespera: casent0616083, casent0616084, casent0616115, casent0616116; syntype clara: jtl055884; syntype laeviuscula: jtl055973; syntype of Crematogaster bicolor: casent0901443; syntype of Crematogaster lineolata laeviuscula clara: casent0902142

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