Camponotus kurdistanicus

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Camponotus kurdistanicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. kurdistanicus
Binomial name
Camponotus kurdistanicus
Emery, 1898

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Specimen Labels


Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - C. kurdistanicus belongs to the Camponotus gestroi complex of the Camponotus lateralis species group (Radchenko, 1997c). It is morphologically similar to Camponotus vogti and to Camponotus abrahami, from which it differs only in color: C. kurdistanicus and C. vogti have the mesosoma lighter than the coxae and femora, while C. abrahami has the mesosoma darker than the legs; C. kurdistanicus and C. abrahami have a black head and gaster, while C. vogti’s head is paler (red to brown) than the gaster. C. kurdistanicus, C. vogti, and C. abrahami differ from Camponotus dalmaticus, Camponotus lateralis, and Camponotus rebeccae by having the clypeus with anterior margin truncated, medially entire, as opposed to rounded anteriorly and incised medially, by a lack of metanotal groove, as opposed to a metanotal groove generally present, and by a distinctly narrower head when comparing specimens with equal pronotum width: for specimens with PW > 1 mm, HW/PW ranges 1.15–1.36 (n = 10), as opposed to 1.36–1.58 (n = 24). C. kurdistanicus, C. vogti and C. abrahami further differ from C. rebeccae by a distinctly broader petiolar scale: the ratio of maximum petiolar width to pronotum width equals 0.54–0.60 (n = 14), as opposed to 0.41–0.53 (n = 47).

Israeli specimens of C. vogti and C. kurdistanicus may be color varieties of a single species.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Russian Federation (type locality), Turkey.

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.

  • kurdistanicus. Camponotus gestroi subsp. kurdistanicus Emery, 1898c: 151 (w.q.) RUSSIA. Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Emery, 1920b: 257. Raised to species: Emery, 1920b: 257; Emery, 1920c: 25. See also: Emery, 1925a: 70.