The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Tanaemyrmex
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei Forel stat. rev.

maculatus species-group

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei Forel stat. rev.

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality Mozambique (Camponotus sexpunctatus n. spec. var. Liengmei, Forel, 1894b: 67, major & minor workers; Forel, 1907g: 88, male) Delagoa Bay, Dr Liengme.
This was placed as a subspecies/race of maculatus by Forel (1901h: 69), then raised to species by Santschi, 1923e: 292, who had the substantive species name as with a new variety ugandensis (Campontus (Dinomyrmex) Liengmei For. v. ugandensis n, var.) Uganda, Hargreaves [latter still placed as a subspecies of maculatus according to Bolton, 1995: 128, without any authority, but seemingly following the status of  junior synonym of maculatus given by Baroni Urbani, 1972: 125] .


With the photographs of the cotype and a fresh specimen from Kenya, I have reverted this distinctive form to species status. Forel's (1894b) description is at {original description}. Arnold (1922: 636) gave a translation, this is at {original description}.
As with Camponotus sexpunctatus, this is a large form, major TL 15-17.3 mm (upper size from Arnold, 1922); minor TL 9.5-12.5 mm.
Santschi's (1894b) description of ugandensis is at {original description}. The last is slightly smaller and has a darker head with more pronounced decumbent pubescence (see bottom of page).


{Camponotus liengmei major}The photomontage of the type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0910060.


{Camponotus liengmei minor}The photomontage of the type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0910061.


Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei
B Taylor det.
Minor
Kenya
David King
King 01-14
23.v.2000
Mombasa
0358'38" S
3944'52" E 
elev 5 m asl
1
{album}
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei
B Taylor det.
Minor
Sudan
Z Mahmoud
2009-43-2
Dilling
1152'59.83" N
2942'02.17" E
Hand collected
1
{album}
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei
B Taylor det.
Minor
Sudan
Awatif Omer
03
2012
Sennar
1336' N
3301' E
Minor worker
1
{album}
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) liengmei
B Taylor det.
South Africa
S Danflous

Elandskrans
xx'x" S
yy'y" E
Western Cape; z m; nest under a stone
2
{album}

{Camponotus liengmei}The photomontage here is of specimens collected in Kenya, north of Mombasa; collector David King.


{Camponotus liengmei minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Sudan; Sennar, 2012; collector Awatif Omer.


{Camponotus liengmei minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Sudan; Dilling; collector Zaheir Mahmoud.


{Camponotus ugandensis minor}The photomontage of the ugandensis type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0910061.


{Camponotus liengmei minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Sudan; Benteo, 2006; collector Awatif Omer.


{Camponotus liengmei major}The photomontage is of a major worker from South Africa, Elandskrans; collector Sam Danflous.

When I first tried to identify it this major appeared to be a close match to the original brief descriptions of caffer, although perhaps slightly smaller. The short bristly hairs on the genae are distinctive but not mentioned previously. This is a little smaller than the type liengmei but that hs the hairs on the genae.



{Camponotus liengmei minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker collected as above. 

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