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

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Angola (Camponotus (Myrmoturba) maculatus stirps abjectus n. st., Santschi, 1937d: 240, illustrated, major & minor workers); raised to species by Baroni Urbani (1972: 131); major & minor workers known (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex abjectus}Santschi's (1937d) description is at {original description}. Baroni Urbani (1972) in raising it to a full species noted only that it was close to Camponotus pictiventris Mayr - this new status of pictiventris has passed unnoticed by Bolton (1995), where it is listed as a subspecies of Camponotus hova.

As subspecies abjectus Santschi, small and speckled with yellow, recorded from Guinea, by Bernard (1952). It was found, 3 queens and numerous workers, from the savanna at Ziéla and Kéoulenta, crests of Nion (at 1300 m) and Tô (at 1600 m). The fresh specimens below are a close match to the Santschi description and the type major and minor.  The Senegal and South Africa specimens are about 15% larger than the types, although the proportions (CI and SI) appear to be very similar.  There are minor differences in colour pattern, with the South African minor lighter than the Senegal (Bernard) minor.

Camponotus abjectus majorThe photomontage is of the type major collated from

Camponotus abjectus minorThe photomontage is of the type minor collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) abjectus
B Taylor det.
David King
King 01-07
14°44'48" N
17°31'35" W
elev 9 m asl
Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) abjectus
B Taylor det.
South Africa
Peter Hlavác
6.ii.2004 Kwazulu, Natal
29°07.7' S
29°25.3' E
Dragensberge (Injiauti NP), S E ; 1500 m

{Camponotus abjectus minor}The photomontage is of a minor specimen from Senegal, Dakar; collector David King.

{Camponotus abjectus minor}The photomontage is of a minor specimen from South Africa, Kwazulu, Natal; collector Peter Hlavác.

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