The Ants of Africa
Genus Camponotus subgenus Myrmacrhaphe
Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior Santschi

Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior Santschi

return to key {link to the Hymenoptera Name Server} Type locality Zaïre (Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior n. sp., Santschi, 1935a: 281, illustrated, worker) collected at Congo da Lemba, R. Mayné, 1.ii.1919, holotype only; worker only described (see Bolton, 1995) .

{Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior}Santschi's (1935a) description is -
WORKER - TL 4.2 mm; head trapezoidal, as wide as long, strongly narrowed anteriorly, sides straight and converging forward; posterior border rounded. Eyes, close to the posterior border, are large and convex. Clypeus with a very strong median carina. Maxillary palps very long. Frontal carinae as far apart as their length. Scape surpassing the occiput by about half its own length. Pronotum impressed, edge anteriorly. Propodeum compressed and feebly angular. Promesonotal suture sharp and impressed. Metanotal groove slightly marked on dorsum but effaced on sides of thorax, reappearing at the base. Petiole scale convex anteriorly and straight behind. Femora compressed.
Colour black; apex of mandibles reddish. Head and thorax matt, head very finely sculpted, thorax finely reticulate. Gastral dorsum smooth and shiny. Sparse erect hairs on body, short on the internal borders of the femora. Pubescence very short and very sparse.
A slightly aberrant species, with its eyes placed more forward than other members of the subgenus.
The original is at {original description}.

Camponotus oculatiorThe photomontage of the type worker is collated from

Oxford University Museum specimens

Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior
B Taylor det.
Y Braet

4°15'33" S
15°17'5" E
no details
Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior
B Taylor det.
Central African Republic
P Annoyer
04°22'19.4" N
18°35'49.7" E
5360 m;  17h30-4h; Bangui après la corniche direction N'garagba
Camponotus (Myrmacrhaphe) oculatior
B Taylor det.
Awatif Omer
Wad alaieiz
13˚09'0" N
33˚56'0" E

{Camponotus oculatior}The photomontage is of one of two workers from Congo, ORSTOM, Brazzaville, collected by Yves Braet & Eric Nzassi.

{Camponotus oculatior}The photomontage is a worker from Sudan, Wad Alaieiz, collected by Awatif Omer (2014.06)

{Camponotus oculatior queen The photomontage is of a possible (fungus contaminated) queen from the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha NP; collector Philippe Annoyer (CAR HG).

The queen not having been described this is a speculative diagnosis but the general size, sculpturation and colouration, etc., are similar to the worker (minor?) shown above.

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