The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmosericus
Camponotus (Myrmosericus) cosmicus (F. Smith)

Camponotus (Myrmosericus) cosmicus (F. Smith)

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location South Africa (Formica cosmica, F. Smith, 1858b: 34, major & minor workers; subspecies of Camponotus rufoglaucus Emery, 1895h: 49; Arnold, 1924: 693; revived status as species, Santschi, 1935a: 280, name only in combination Camponotus (Myrmosericus) cosmicus Smith v. anthracinus Santschi); major & minor workers only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

F Smith's (1858b) description is at {original description}. Emery (1895h) separated it from the rufoglaucus type in his key, noting its small size, TL 4.5-7.0 mm, propodeum angle rounded, black, gaster with golden pubescence, brilliant. Arnold (1924) described Smith's description as useless and relied on Emery's note, this is at {original description}.

Mike Lush (pers. comm.) has examined specimens of cosmicus and the presence of subcephalic hairs is a consistent feature. These can be seen in the specimen below although only parts are dark near black.

{Camponotus cosmicus major}The photomontage of a syntype major worker is collated from

{Camponotus cosmicus minor}The photomontage of a syntype minor worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Myrmosericus) cosmicus
B Taylor det.
South Africa
S Danflous
Gaufeng Province
2610'40" S
2800'58" E
Melville Estate; 153 m

{Camponotus cosmicus major}The photomontage is of a major worker from South Africa; collector Sam Danflous.

2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 - Brian Taylor CBiol FSB FRES
11, Grazingfield, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7FN, U.K.