Camponotus (Myrmosericus) micans (Nylander)
Iran list Egypt
Type location Algeria
oases (Formica micans n. sp., Nylander, 1856b: 55, worker;
229, queen; in Camponotus Mayr, 1861: 36) L Fairmaire - see
subspecies asniensis (Camponotus
(Myrmosericus) micans Nyl. v. asniensis
n. var., Santschi, 1939c: 5, worker) Morocco, Asni, Ball, 1934
- see below.
(Camponotus micans armeniacus
subsp. n., Arnold'i, 1967: 1828, illustrated, all forms) Armenia
was raised to species by Radchenko (1996e: 1200, in key).
Nylander's (1856b) description is at - . Santschi's (1939c)
description of asniensis was - workers, TL 6.8-12 mm; larger
and more elongated than the type, also with longer golden pubescence
which is denser and more sinuous on the borders of the gaster tergites;
wholly black, except the tarsi which are brownish.
The type has whitish pubescence; also the metatarsi, and often the
tibiae and mandibles, are reddish. The minor workers shown below are
quite different, with asniensis smaller,
the head shape much narrower and the level of pubescence (also on the
major) much less dense.
Egypt records - Salloum, 5.viii.1917, male (Santschi,
photomontage of the type minor worker is collated
photomontage of the asniensis type minor worker is collated
The Antweb scale on the head view clearly is wrong. The Santschi TL is
6.8 mm, which the profile scale matches.
photomontage of the asniensis type major worker is collated
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