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Species: Crematogaster laeviuscula   Mayr, 1870 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

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.


Australasia Region: Maluku Utara
Indomalaya Region: Asia, Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia
Nearctic Region: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North America, North Carolina, Nuevo León, Oklahoma, Sonora, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah
Neotropical Region: Americas, Central America, Mexico, Sinaloa

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, 3 times found in live oak woodland, 5 times found in Riparian woodland, 1 times found in Lakeside pine sage forest, 0 times found in Bottomland forest, 4 times found in coastal dunes, 2 times found in postoak/grass parkland, 1 times found in disturbed grassland, 2 times found in juniper woodland, 1 times found in oak scrub, along creek bed, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times in Quercus virginiana, 1 times nest in dry wood, 1 times under stone, 1 times nest in oak gall, 2 times lab colony, 3 times in mesquite, 2 times nest in dead stem, 2 times La huisache" [common name for thorny acacia], 1 times in rotten branch, 2 times in decayed orange trunk, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times direct collection, 5 times search, 0 times Under rock, 1 times hand coll., 2 times Winkler, 1 times In rotting log, 0 times Log stage 3, 1 times Dead branch, 0 times Under rotting log, 0 times Dry log, 0 times On foliage of ash, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 3000 meters, 282 meters average

Type specimens: syntype clara: jtl055884; syntype laeviuscula: jtl055973; syntype of Crematogaster bicolor: casent0901443; syntype of Crematogaster lineolata laeviuscula clara: casent0902142

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