The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmisolepis
Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi Mayr

Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi Mayr

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Mozambique (Camponotus Braunsi nov. spec., Mayr, 1895: 191, worker; Mayr, 1901b: 28, footnote, queen; Arnold, 1924: 715, major worker, illustrated; also East Africa) Delagoa Bay, Dr Brauns - no images on Antweb (September 2014)
candidus (Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi Mayr var. candidus n. var., Santschi, 1926c: 618, worker) from Uganda (wrongly given as Tanzania in Bolton, 1995), My Ruwenzori, 2000 m, Dr Bequaert - see
epinotalis (Camponotus (Orthonotomyrmex) epinotalis n. sp., Santschi, 1916b: 508, major & minor workers; reduced to variety, Emery, 1925b: 134, as Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi Mayr stirps erythromelus Em. var. epinotalis Sants., Santschi, 1926c: 618) from Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, G Arnold - see below

major & minor workers and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Note - with fresh specimens of both I have revived the status of Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) erythromelus Emery.

{Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi} Mayr's (1895) description of the worker is at {original description}; his (1901b) description of a larger worker and the queen is at {original description}. Santschi (1914b) gave a further description, this is at {original description}. Santschi's (1916b) description of epinotalis is at {original description}. Arnold (1924: 710, 715) provided a translation of Mayr's papers, notes on the major worker and an illustration; these are at {original description}. Similarly, Arnold (1924: 710, 716) gave notes on epinotalis; these are at {original description}. Santschi's (1926c) description of candidus is at {original description}.

{Camponotus braunsi epinotalis}The photomontage of the epinotalis type (?) major worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi
B Taylor det.
G McGavin
tree 5-64

354.75' S
3748.58' E
pkd collection from Acacia nilotica; 37M 0375103 UTM 9570896 2
Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi
B Taylor det.
G C McGavin
Ibaya Camp
At light

{Camponotus braunsi major}The photomontage is of a major from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve; collector G McGavin (tree 5/64). 

{Camponotus braunsi minor}The photomontage is of a minor from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve, as above

{Camponotus braunsi queen}The photomontage is of a queen from Tanzania, Mkomazi Game Reserve, Ibaya Camp; collector G C McGavin ( OUMNH 2005-030).

This matches the queen shown at and labelled "Camponotus Braunsi" by Santschi; with a second label as "Camp. Braunsi Mayr st. erythromelus v. transitoria queen" from Tanzania, south-east, collectors Alluaud & Jeannel, April 1912; New Moschi (Moshi). The location is close to Mkomazi.

2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.