Myrmosericus

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Myrmosericus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmosericus
Forel, 1912
Type species
Formica rufoglauca, now Camponotus rufoglaucus

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Specimen Labels

Silky Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis: Emery (1925), Workers and queens. - Medium-sized species with elongate bodies; body form similar to that of Tanaemyrmex. Head of minors of form Alpha, sometimes quite elongated; in C. angusticeps, Emery (AntWiki, AntWeb), the elongation and narrowness become extreme: minors with head narrower in front than behind and posterior head margin reduced. Dorsum of worker mesosoma continuous, propodeum sometimes impressed posteriorly, forming saddle-like profile. Cuticle matte, especially in workers, coated with more-or-less dense, silky pubescence, particularly on gaster. Male. - Similar to Tanaemyrmex.

Geographical distribution of species. - India, all of continental Africa, Mauritius, Canary Islands, Spain, Provence, Sicily, Calabria.


(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 16 February 2017.)

Myrmosericus 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.

  • MYRMOSERICUS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmosericus Forel, 1912i: 91 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Formica rufoglauca, by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1913a: 81.
    • [See note under Myrmosaulus.]

References

  • Arnold, G. 1922. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part V. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 579-674 (page 613, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 115, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 236, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 104, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 91, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 259, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1913a. Corrections and additions to "List of type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae". Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 23: 77-83 (page 81, Type-species: Formica rufoglauca, by subsequent designation)
  • 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, Myrmosericus as subgenus of Camponotus)