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

maculatus species-group
TL 8-10-12 mm plus; alitrunk profile convex in a smooth elongated curve, propodeal declivity not or poorly separable from dorsum, if the latter always much shorter than dorsum; petiole scale of major cuneiform, with convex anterior face and quite sharp dorsal margin; mostly bicoloured with alitrunk lighter and distinct light areas on gaster; dimorphic (?) minors with head narrowed posteriorly but not dramatically so and without any "neck".

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) traegaordhi Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) maculatus Fab. stirps traegaordhi, Santschi, 1914e: 38, all forms; raised to species by Santschi, 1926b: 252) Natal, Durban, 22.xii.1904, H B Marley - no images on Antweb (December 2017)
subspecies fumeus (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) traegaordhi Sants. stirps fumeus n. st., Santschi, 1926b: 252, major & minor workers) Zimbabwe, Vamy (Vumbi) Mts, 5700', G Arnold - see below
unavailable name muger (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) maculatus F. r. Traegaordhi Sant. var. muger n. var., Forel, 1914d: 250, soldier & worker) South Africa, Natal, Durban, H B Marley - see below
all forms known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Note: From the type images (below) the major workers of fumeus and muger are identical.  The traegaordhi and muger collection data also appear to be identical.

{Camponotus traegaordhi muger}Santschi's (1914e) description is at {original description}. Forel's (1914d) description of muger is at {original description}. Santschi's (1926b) description of fumeus is at {original description}. Arnold (1922: 628) provided an illustrated translation; this is at {original description}.

Wheeler (1922) noted several findings from South Africa.

Bernard (1952) noted that it is a small species, geographically previously known only from southern Africa (noting the Santschi and Arnold records). Curiously, it was abundant at higher levels in the Mt. Nimba, Guinea, survey. Type form traegaordhi were found at Camp IV (1000 m) and Pierré-Richard (900 m), fairly common, more frequent at Mount Tô (1600 m); numerous workers, one queen. Subspecies fumeus was more abundant than the type, although variable, at Mount Tô, also two queens; a queen from Nion probably was of this form.

The specimens shown below from Cameroun, Congo and Central African Republic add weight to Bernard's note, with the proviso that there are no available images of the type form.

Camponotus traegaordhi fumeus majorThe photomontage is of a syntype major worker of fumeus collated from

Camponotus traegaordhi muger majorThe photomontage is of the type major worker of muger collated from

Camponotus traegaordhi muger minorThe photomontage is of the type minor worker of muger collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) traegaordhi
B Taylor det.
A Fotso Kuate
Camponotus sp14

03°54'30" N
11°25'58" E
Quadrat in fallow
Major and minor workers
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) traegaordhi
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
Camp 1E

03°03'58.3" N
16°08'59.6" E
Camp 1; 528 m; Ayous Barber ayous Camp controlor
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) traegaordhi
B Taylor det.
E Zassi
03°16'56.5" S
015°28'28.3" E
Wooded Savannah; 24h pitfall trap

{Camponotus traegaordhi major}The photomontage is of a major from Cameroun, Boga; collector A. Fotso Kuate (Camponotus sp 14).

{Camponotus traegaordhi minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Cameroun, Boga; as above.

{Camponotus traegaordhi minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Congo, Réserve de Lésio-Louna; collector Eric Zassi (pitfall trap 19, t 1.1).

{Camponotus traegaordhi minor} The photomontage is of a specimen from the Central African Republic, Camp 1; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR Camp 1E).

This specimen is slightly smaller and obviously lighter coloured than that above and may be a related species.

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