The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Tanaemyrmex
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) natalensis (F. Smith)

pompeius species-group
Major clypeus with distinct median carina; large TL 15 mm plus; alitrunk profile convex with angular propodeum, petiole scale quite thick; trimorphic (?) minors with distinct posteriorly narrowed heads; soldiers dark red-brown to near black; minors lighter brown-orange to yellow-red. Most catalogued under Camponotus (Dinomyrmex) by Wheeler (1922: 962).

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) natalensis (F. Smith)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality South Africa (Formica natalensis, F. Smith, 1858b: 33, all forms) Port Natal - see below
corvus (Camponotus natalensis r. C. corvus n. stirps, Forel, 1879a: 79, all forms) South Africa, Valdezia Mission, Berthoud - see
diabolus (Camponotus natalensis r. C. diabolus n. stirps, Forel, 1879a: 81, major & minor workers) Lesotho, Berthoud - see
fulvipes (Camponotus natalensis F. Sm. var. fulvipes n. var., Emery, 1895h: 51; Forel, 1914a: 267, worker; Santschi, 1914e: 38, queen & male) South Africa, Makapan -
politiceps (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) natalensis Sm. var. politiceps n. var., Santschi, 1914e: 38, worker & male) South Africa, Natal, Pietermaritzburg - see
all forms described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Smith's (1858b) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1879a) descriptions of corvus and diabolus are at {original description} and {original description}. Emery (1895h) defined fulvipes from Makapan, as differing from corvus solely in having pale clear tarsi contrasting with the dark body. Santschi's (1914e) description of politiceps is at {original description} Arnold's (1922: 652) description is at {original description}; with his translation of diabolus at {original description}; and of other subspecies at {original description}.

Camponotus natalensis majorThe photomontage is of a syntype major worker collated from

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