The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmamblys
Genus Camponotus

Subgenus definition - Forel (1912i: 90) - mostly unsculptured, shiny, alitrunk of worker moderately low and not medially waisted (étranglé); dimorphism (no intermediates) shown in head, always more or less truncate, including clypeus, antennal insertions well forward relative to frontal carinae. Major workers use the truncated head to block nest entrances in hollow stems and trunks of trees (Arnold 1924: 613).

{link to the Hymenoptera Name Server}Forel's (1912i) subgenus definition is on {original description}. Santschi (1926c) gave a further genus definition, this is at {original description}.

Key to species

1 {short description of image}Petiole a very narrow scale in profile; major 5.5-6.5 mm; HW 2.2 mm HL 2.4 mm; dark brown appendages wholly yellow .
. {short description of image}Major .
. Camponotus chapini minorMinor West Africa & Congo Basin into Sudan southern forests - chapini
-- Petiole a thicker scale 2
2 {short description of image}Petiole with triangular profile; major TL 6.8-7.3 mm; head relatively long and narrow, with sides only shallowly convex; mostly bright testaceous yellow, with head and gaster brown; head opaque rest shiny Ethiopia - criniticeps
-- Petiole with convex anterior face and flat posterior 3
3 Camponotus bucholzi majorMajor TL 7.7-9.3 mm; HW 2.3 mm HL 2.8 mm; black, funiculus and legs red-brown, posterior of gaster segments with a smoky yellow-white band .
. Camponotus buchholzi minor Minor TL 4.3-6.0 mm Cameroun - buchholzi
-- Camponotus klugii minorMinor only - TL 3.5-4.7 mm; black with appendages mostly testaceous South Africa - klugii
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