Myrmopelta

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Myrmopelta
Camponotus arminius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmopelta
Santschi, 1921
Type species
Camponotus arminius

Camponotus arminius casent0102445 profile 1.jpg

Camponotus arminius casent0102445 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen Label

Shielded Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis. Santschi (1926). - "I established this subgenus in 1921, but Emery made it the principal form of his sixth group of Myrmamblys, referring to it as the vividus group. I reestablished this subgenus in a note which appeared in the Annals of the Entomological Society of France with an analysis of the species, of which the following are listed: C. arminius Forel (and var. biconstrictus Forel), kollbrunneri Forel, barbarossa Forel (var. sulcatinasis Santschi, micipsa Wheeler), chrysurus Gerstaecker (st. apelis Forel, st. acutisquamis Mayr., var. dotalis Santschi, var. securifer Emery, var. yvonnae Forel), vividus Sm. (var. cato Forel, var. meinerti Forel, var. reginae Forel, var. semidepilis Wheeler)

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 19 February 2017.)


Myrmopelta is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • MYRMOPELTA [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmopelta Santschi, 1921f: 310 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Camponotus arminius, by original designation.
    • Myrmopelta junior synonym of Myrmamblys: Emery, 1925b: 137.
    • Myrmopelta subgenus of Camponotus: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 704 (footnote); Santschi, 1926a: 16; Santschi, 1926c: 603.

References

  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 118, Myrmopelta as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 137, Myrmopelta as junior synonym of Myrmamblys)
  • Santschi, F. 1921f. Retouches aux sous-genres de Camponotus. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 61: 310-312 (page 310, Myrmopelta as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Santschi, F. 1921f. Retouches aux sous-genres de Camponotus. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 61: 310-312 (page 310, Myrmopelta as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Santschi, F. 1926a. Trois notes myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 95: 13-28 (page 16, Myrmopelta subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Santschi, F. 1926c. Nouvelles notes sur les Campontous. Rev. Suisse Zool. 33: 597-618 (page 603, Myrmopelta as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 704, Myrmopelta as subgenus of Camponotus (footnote))