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SUBFAMILY FORMICINAE - Genus Camponotus
Camponotus (Myrmosericus) micans (Nylander)

Camponotus (Myrmosericus) micans (Nylander)

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{link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Algeria oases (Formica micans n. sp., Nylander, 1856b: 55, worker; Roger, 1859: 229, queen; in Camponotus Mayr, 1861: 36) L Fairmaire - see below
subspecies asniensis (Camponotus (Myrmosericus) micans Nyl. v. asniensis n. var., Santschi, 1939c: 5, worker) Morocco, Asni, Ball, 1934 - see below.

Note: Camponotus armeniacus (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 - {original description}. 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, 1938a).


Camponotus micans minorThe photomontage of the type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913709


Camponotus micans minorThe photomontage of the asniensis type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913709
The Antweb scale on the head view clearly is wrong. The Santschi TL is 6.8 mm, which the profile scale matches.


Camponotus micans minorThe photomontage of the asniensis type major worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0913709

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