Myrmonesites

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Myrmonesites
Camponotus putatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmonesites
Emery, 1920
Type species
Camponotus putatus

Camponotus putatus casent0102417 profile 1.jpg

Camponotus putatus casent0102417 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels

Malagasy Hump-back Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis. Emery (1925) - "Worker. - Medium to small species; caste dimorphism weakly marked. Head of majors slightly to not concave posteriorly, nor truncated or obtuse anteriorly; head of minors rounded or truncated posteriorly. Clypeus short, without medial carina or anterior lobe, sometimes depressed or notched anteromedially (C. mocquerysi, Emery). Mesosoma slender or stout (C. letreillei, Emery); dorsum more-or-less impressed at sutures, especially at meso-propodeal suture, depressed, more-or-less marginate or submarginate, especially mesonotum and propodeum; sometimes submargination is vestigial (C. sikorai, Emery). Petiolar node squamiform, more-or-less thick, with a distinct upper surface, or nodiform. Cuticle largely shiny. Queen and male unknown.

Geographical distribution of species. - Madagascar.

Note: Whatever the differences of habitus may be, this subgeneric group seems to me natural. The existence of a dorsal border which is more-or-less restricted to the mesonotum distinguishes the workers of this subgenus from of the workers of the preceding subgenera [note: Emery is referring to subgenera 1–13, see the key to Old World subgenera for listing; Emery ordered the subgenera based on perceived relationships]. C. sikorai, Emery, seems to me to conjoin Myrmonesites with Mayria."

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 17 February 2017.)


Myrmonesites 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.

  • MYRMONESITES [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmonesites Emery, 1920b: 242 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Camponotus putatus, by original designation.
  • MYRMENSITES [unavailable name]
    • Myrmensites Donisthorpe, 1943f: 666, incorrect subsequent spelling of Myrmonesites.

References

  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 117, Myrmonesites 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 242, Myrmonesites as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 123, Myrmonesites 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 706, Myrmonesites as subgenus of Camponotus)