|The Ants of
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmopelta
Subgenus definition - Section 6 Myrmopelta Santschi (1921f: 310) - medium sized, with golden or white hairs on the gaster; alitrunk with distinct, often impressed metanotal suture; mainly western Africa; several feed mainly on termites.
Santschi (1926a: 16) clarified and restated his definition of the subgenus; this is at ; in the same paper, Santschi also provided a key to the species of Myrmopelta - . Emery (1925b: 141) had these species in the vividus-group of subgenus Myrmamblys.
Key to species derived from Santschi (1926a) - subspecies not separated -
|1||Genae and clypeus with distinctive fossae, or large puncturations; metanotal suture variable||2|
|--||Genae and clypeus without distinctive fossae; metanotal suture quite deeply impressed||4|
|2||Gaster with dense pubescence, often giving a golden layer||3|
|--||TL major ca 10 mm; gaster with much sparser pubescence, black||Mozambique & South Africa - arminius|
|3||Major TL 8-8.5 mm; propodeum with dorsum longer than the
declivity; head less elongated and more triangular in full face view
||Ethiopia & Tanzania - kollbrunneri|
|--||TL major 9-10 mm; metanotal suture weakly impressed; propodeum with dorsum much shorter than declivity||Congo Basin - barbarossa|
|4||TL major ca 8.2 mm; erect hairs rust or golden; gaster sometimes with fur-like layer of pubescence||Pan-African tropics - chrysurus s.s.|
|--||Major TL ca 7.8 mm, minor TL 5.5 mm; varieties with a major TL up to 9 mm; erect hairs whitish; without fur-like layer on gaster; posterior angles of clypeus with a punctiform impression; smoother and shinier than other species||Pan-African tropics - vividus|
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