The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmotrema
Camponotus (Myrmotrema) auropubens Forel

Camponotus (Myrmotrema) auropubens Forel

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Mozambique (Camponotus foraminosus Forel, r. auropubens, n. stirps, Forel, 1894b: 67, worker; raised to species Santschi, 1915c: 267) collected at Delagoa Bay by Dr Liengme
absalon (Camponotus (Myrmotrema) auropubens For. var. Absalon n. var., Santschi, 1915c: 274, major & minor workers & queen) from South Africa, Natal, Tragardh - see
argentopubens (Camponotus foraminosus Forel subsp. auropubens Forel var. argentopubens Forel, n. var., Forel, 1909b: 66; in key of Santschi, 1915c: 268, queen) from Angola - see
jacob (Camponotus (Myrmotrema) auropubens For. var. Jacob n. var., Santschi, 1915c: 275, worker) from Mozambique, vallée du Pongué, Guengera, G Vasse, 1906 - see below
major & minor workers & queen only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Forel's (1894b) description is at {original description}. Emery (1895a) described what he took to be workers with TL 8 mm or less; this is at {original description}, the specimens, however were from Somalia and I suspect may not be of this species. Santschi's (1915c) description of absalon and jacob is at {original description}; Arnold (1924: 724, 728) gave a translation; this, with absalon, is at {original description}.

Forel (1909b) separated new variety argentopubens as - queen, TL 10.5 mm, head as auropubens, wide and slightly narrowed anteriorly, with similar sculpture; but the pubescence and pilosity exactly matches grandidieri; head shiny posteriorly; mesonotum shiny; wings smoky brown; fossettes as auropubens.

{Camponotus auropubens}The photomontage of the type major is collated from - seemingly a badly rubbed specimen that has lost most of the dorsal pilosity. Another specimen shown at is similar, however.

{Camponotus auropubens}The photomontage of the jacob major is collated from

{Camponotus auropubens}The photomontage of the jacob minor is collated from

{Camponotus auropubens}The photomontage of the jacob queen is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Myrmotrema) auropubens
B Taylor det.

South Africa
S Danflous
Kruger National Park
25°28'51"  S
31°16'06" E
Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Mpumalanga Province; 596m

{Camponotus auropubens queen}The photomontage is of a queen from South Africa, Kruger National Park; collector Sam Danflous.

This appears to match the absalom queen as described by Santschi, i.e. with the matt alitrunk dorsum and the wings smoky brownish yellow with brown nerves and patches.

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