The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmisolepis
Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) erythromelus Emery revived status

Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) erythromelus Emery

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type location Somalia (Camponotus erythromelus n. sp., Emery, 1896i: 158, illustrated, worker; Menozzi, 1927f: 361, queen; subspecies of braunsi, Emery, 1897e: 605) from Lugh
major & minor workers and queen only known (see Bolton, 1995) .

Camponotus erythromelusEmery's (1896i) description of erythromelus is at {original description}. Emery's (1897e) revision of the status is at {original description}. Menozzi's (1927f) further description of erythromelus is at {original description}

This has a concave dorsum on the propodeum and uniformly coloured black (very dark red) appendages. Compared with Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) braunsi, it has very few erect white hairs and lacks the coarse puncturation, or fossettes.

{Camponotus braunsi erythromelus}The photomontage of the erythromelus type (?) minor is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Myrmisolepis) erythromelus
B Taylor det.
B Ndiaye
12°05'18" W
Kunamba 14-V-09 St 12 fourmilière [B]
East Senegal, Soudanian savannah, hand collection ants nest; minor

{Camponotus erythromelus major}The photomontage is of a minor from Senegal, Kunamba; collector B Ndiaye.

This shows the concave dorsum of the propodeum and black appendages, as described by Emery (1896i) for erythromelus. His subjugation of the form to a subspecies was characteristic of the era.

{Camponotus erythromelus queen}The photomontage is of a queen from Senegal, Kunamba; collector B Ndiaye.

{Camponotus erythromelus male}The photomontage is of a male from Senegal, Kunamba; collector B Ndiaye.

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