The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmosericus
Camponotus (Myrmosericus) rufoglaucus (Jerdon)

Camponotus (Myrmosericus) rufoglaucus (Jerdon)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality India (Formica Rufo-glauca, Jerdon, 1851: 124, worker) Carnatic - see below
subspecies
tenuis (Camponotus rufoglaucus Jerdon var. tenuis n. var., Forel, 1907a: 32, worker) India, Madras, Biró - see below
minor & major workers & queen described (see Bolton, 1995) .

Camponotus (Myrmosericus) rufoglaucus (Jerdon) - Africa forms - see linked page.

Camponotus feae (replacement name for pubescens, Brullé, 1840: 84, worker; Emery, 1882: 449, illustrated, minor & major workers) Canary Is is separated as a distinct species; see linked page.

Tentatively, Camponotus controversus (Santschi, 1916b: 509; replacement name for flavopilosus Viehmeyer, 1913: 47) from Tanzania, has been elevated to species status.


Jerdon's (1851) brief description (as Formica rufo-glauca) is at {original description} - major TL 9 mm, minor TL 7 mm. Bingham's (1903: 363) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1907a) description of tenuis is at {original description}
In his catalogue of the ants of India, Bingham (1903) described the major worker as - TL 9-10 mm; head and alitrunk blood-red, gaster brown; whole insect covered with a very fine, close siiky pubescence and with sparse erect hairs; head subtriangular, occiput widely emarginate; mandibles comparatively small , with 7 teeth; clypeus carinate, median lobe shortly produced, with a crenate margin; petiole node not as thick as in C. compressus, only slightly convex anteriorly; gaster large and massive.
The minor - TL 5-9 mm; very much more slender; head elongate, sides straight; mandibles with 5 teeth; anterior margin of clypeus arched, not transverse; petiole node conical, thicker proportionately. Bingham referred to the synonymous C. redtenbacheri (Mayr, 1862: 667). That also was described as having a brown gaster


{Camponotus rufoglaucus type major}The photomontage of what I assume to be the type form major worker from Myanmar (Burma), as determined by Bingham (1903: 363; in his list) is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=casent0906958.


{Camponotus rufoglaucus type major}The photomontage of what I assume to be the type form minor worker from Myanmar (Burma), as determined by the reliuable author Bingham (1903) is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=0906959.


{Camponotus rufoglaucus type major}The photomontage of the tenuis type minor worker is collated from http://www.antweb.org/specimen.do?name=0910326 (no profile view).

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