The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Tanaemyrmex
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lohieri Santschi - new status

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lohieri Santschi - new status

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Ivory Coast (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) maculatus Fab. stirps melanocnemis Sants. v. lohieri n.var. Santschi, 1913c: 313; as variety of maculatus, Emery, 1915g: 22, worker) Jacquevill, R J P H Lohier .


Camponotus lohieriCamponotus lohieri gasterSantschi's (1913c) description as a variety of melanocnemis was - "Worker - head more matt especially towards the posterior angles, and the gaster with a yellow ochre patch on the side of the second segment plus three patches at the base of the first segment, otherwise the gaster is entirely black, as with melanocnemis", from Ivory Coast, Jacqueville, coll R P J H Lohier.
Allowing for the common variation in colour pattern in the West African specimens, I feel this may be seen as a simple junior synonym of the type maculatus. The fresh major, however, has a distinctive and different appearance to the posterior tibiae.  These are very dark and have strong spiculate sculpture. Even if they are separate species, the forms appear to share the same habitats in, at least, West Africa.


Camponotus lohieriThe photomontage is of a type (?) major worker collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0905268.


Camponotus lohieri minorThe photomontage is of a type (?) minor worker collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0905269


Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lohieri
B Taylor det.
major
Liberia
E Poirier
Yekepa
PF 17
29.iii.2013
Nimba County
0733’38" N
0832’33" E
Pitfall trap
Degraded secondary forest
518 m asl
major
1
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Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lohieri
B Taylor det.
minor
Liberia
E Poirier
Liabala
PF 15
2.iv.2013
Nimba County
0731’06" N
0835’34" E
Pitfall trap
Secondary forest
473 m asl
minor
1
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{Camponotus lohieri major}The photomontage is of a major worker from Liberia, Yekepa; collector E Poirier (Yekepa PF XVII).


{Camponotus lohieri minor}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Liberia, Yekepa; collector E Poirier (Liabala PF XV).

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