Camponotus hova

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Camponotus hova
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. hova
Binomial name
Camponotus hova
Forel, 1891

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Specimen labels


This species was found in dry leaf litter next to a date palm tree in Yemen (Sharaf et al., 2017).


Collingwood et al. (2004) - Superficial resemblance to the Afrotropical Camponotus maculatus, but differs in the reduced number of ventral head hairs, less clearly defined pale spots on the gaster and generally smaller size.

Keys including this Species


A species described originally from Madagascar, commonly found on islands of East Africa (Collingwood and Agosti 1996, Collingwood et al. 2004), and recorded from the Arabian Peninsula from Oman (Collingwood 1985) and Yemen (Collingwood and Agosti 1996, Sharaf et al., 2017).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Comoros, Mozambique, Socotra Archipelago, Yemen.
Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality), Mayotte, Seychelles.
Palaearctic Region: Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • hova. Camponotus maculatus r. hova Forel, 1891b: 35 (s.w.q.) MADAGASCAR. [First available use of Camponotus rubripes r. maculatus var. hova Forel, 1886f: 150; unavailable name.] Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 85. Subspecies of maculatus: Forel, 1897c: 200; Forel, 1907e: 14; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 1040. Raised to species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 235; Emery, 1920c: 5; Emery, 1925b: 85. Current subspecies: nominal plus becki, boivini, cemeryi, fairmairei, fulvus, hovahovoides, hovoides, mixtellus, obscuratus, pictiventris, radamae.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Determination Clarifications

A record of Camponotus maculatus for Socotra (Kohl 1907), based on specimens collected in 1899 by the expedition of the Vienna museum, should certainly be referred to C. hova.