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Genus: Cryptocerus   Latreille, 1803 


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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Cryptocerus Latreille, 1803: 311. Type-species: Formica atrata, by subsequent designation of Latreille, 1810 PDF: 437. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Type-species not Cryptocerus umbraculatus Fabricius, 1804, unjustified subsequent designation by Emery, 1914b PDF: 38, repeated by Emery, 1915g PDF: 192; Emery, 1924f PDF: 305.]
Cryptocerus in Formicaires: Latreille, 1803: 311.
Cryptocerus in Formicarides: Leach, 1815: 147.
Cryptocerus in Cryptoceridae, Cryptocerinae: Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 384.
Cryptocerus in Myrmicinae: Mayr, 1862 PDF: 757 [Myrmicidae]; Mayr, 1865 PDF: 25 [Myrmicidae]; Mayr, 1866b PDF: 907 [Myrmicidae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 140 [Myrmicinae].
[Note: it is not known why Latreille changed the name of the genus from Cephalotes to Cryptocerus, when there was no reason for him to do so. Latreille, 1816: 496, mentions the change, and Latreille, 1817c: 526, merely comments, “J’avois désigné ce genre dans le troisième volume de mon Histoire générale des Insectes, sous le nom de céphalote (Cephalotes Latreille, 1802) que j’ai ensuite changé en celui de cryptocère” (Cryptocerus Latreille, 1803). Cephalotes and Cryptocerus therefore share the same type-species, and synonymy is absolute.]
[Cryptocephalus: incorrect subsequent spelling of Cryptocerus by Lowne, 1865b: 336, in the combination Cryptocephalus pubescens; current combination Meranoplus pubescens (Smith, 1853) (Bolton, 1981a PDF: 47).]
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  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Cryptocerus   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 187, (download) 187 8127
Cryptocerus   Jerdon, T. C., 1851, A catalogue of the species of ants found in southern India., Madras Journal of Literature and Science 17, pp. 103-127: 104, (download) 104 4764

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