The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Tanaemyrmex
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) posticus Santschi

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) posticus Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Zare (Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) posticus n. sp., Santschi, 1926b: 254, illustrated, major & minor workers) coll. A Weiss; major & minor workers only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Camponotus posticus}Santschi's (1926b) description is at {original description} and {original description}. Two majors and a minor collected at Karemi, Zare, by Dr Bayer; also one minor from Kenya ("British East Africa"), Londiani, 1914, by Dr Bayer

{Camponotus posticus}The photomontage of the type major worker is collated from

{Camponotus posticus minor}The photomontage of a non-type minor worker (that listed by Santschi from Kenya) is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) posticus
B Taylor det.
Y Braet
Gabon 163
0034' N
0919' E
Base Camp, Winkler Funnel of leaf litter

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) posticus
B Taylor det.
C A Wiggins
ca 4000' asl
at "Boy", ca. 2 m NE of,  E slope of Kitabi Hill


{Camponotus posticus}The photomontage is of a minor worker from Gabon, Pongara National Park; collector Yves Braet (Gabon 163).

{Camponotus posticus queen}The photomontage is of a queen collected in Uganda, Entebbe; 002'40"N 3227'57"E; 8.viii.1912; collector C A Wiggins; OUMNH; ca 4000' asl, at "Boy", ca. 2 m NE of,  E slope of Kitabi Hill; Forest.

The overall form, colour and pilosity, plus the exceptional size, suggest this is the hitherto unknown queen of the species. Needs checking

2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.