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Carebara longii casent0003192 profile 1.jpg
C. longii worker from the United States
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Westwood, 1840
Type species
Carebara lignata[1]
c. 174 species
  • Aeromyrma Forel, 1891
  • Afroxyidris Belshaw & Bolton, 1994
  • Amauromyrmex Wheeler, 1929
  • Aneleus Emery, 1900
  • Crateropsis Patrizi, 1948
  • Erebomyrma Wheeler, 1903
  • Hendecatella Wheeler, 1927
  • Idrisella Santschi, 1937
  • Lecanomyrma Forel, 1913
  • Neoblepharidatta Sheela & Narendran, 1997
  • Nimbamyrma Bernard, 1953
  • Oligomyrmex Mayr, 1867
  • Paedalgus Forel, 1911
  • Parvimyrma Eguchi & Bui, 2007
  • Pheidologeton Mayr, 1862
  • Phidologeton Bingham, 1903
  • Solenops Karavaiev, 1930
  • Spelaeomyrmex Wheeler, 1922
  • Sporocleptes Arnold, 1948

Carebara is a genus of ants in the subfamily Myrmicinae. It is one of the largest myrmicine genera with more than 174[2] species distributed worldwide in the tropics and the Afrotropical region. Many of them are very tiny cryptic soil and leaf litter inhabitants. They nest in rotten wood to which the bark is still adherent in the Afrotropical region, or may be lestobiotic nesting near other ant species. Some species are known to exist parasitically within termite nests. Little is known about the biology of the species. However, they are notable for the vast difference in size between queens and workers.[3][4]



  1. ^ "Genus: Carebara". AntWeb. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Bolton, B. (2014). "Carebara". AntCat. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Aldawood, A.; Sharaf, M.; Taylor, B. (2011). "First record of the myrmicine ant genus Carebara Westwood, 1840 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Saudi Arabia with description of a new species, C. abuhurayri sp. n.". ZooKeys. 92: 61–69. PMC 3084545Freely accessible. PMID 21594112. doi:10.3897/zookeys.92.770. 
  4. ^ Wild, Alex (11 November 2015). "Ants use their flattened heads as doors to lock down their nests". New Scientist. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Carebara at Wikimedia Commons