Camponotus acvapimensis

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Camponotus acvapimensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. acvapimensis
Binomial name
Camponotus acvapimensis
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen Labels


Commonly found throughout open forest in tropical Africa (Collingwood et al. 2004). In Yemen, this species appears to be uncommon, only being collected by Sharaf et al. (2017) from one locality. Workers were found foraging on twigs of Croton socotranus Balf. f. (Euphorbiaceae). It seems likely that the species may be confined to higher elevation sites above 900 m. It was also recorded from Dixam Plateau 1000–1200 m (Collingwood et al. 2004).


Collingwood et al. (2004) - This is a dull black ant of moderate size. Hairs are present on the ventral head and on the vertex. Size variation in workers is low, the species appears to be monomorphic.

Keys including this Species


This species was described from Ghana and with a broad distribution in the Savannahs and forests of the Afrotropical region (Collingwood 1985). It was recorded from Socotra, Yemen, by Collingwood et al. (2004) with no records known from the Arabian Peninsula. In Socotra, this species has a limited distribution and is confined to a few sites at higher elevations. (Sharaf et al., 2017)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Eritrea, Ghana (type locality), Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Socotra Archipelago, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
Palaearctic Region: Oman.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the encyrtid wasp Anagyrus lopezi (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (associate).



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

  • acvapimensis. Camponotus acvapimensis Mayr, 1862: 664 (w.) GHANA. Forel, 1915c: 348 (m.); Arnold, 1922: 656 (s.q.). Combination in C. (Myrmoturba): Forel, 1913b: 340; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 91. Senior synonym of mombassae: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 948; of flavosetosus, poultoni: Brown, 1956a: 39. See also: Menozzi, 1930b: 118.
  • mombassae. Camponotus mombassae Forel, 1886f: 180 (s.) KENYA. Subspecies of kersteni: Emery, 1896d: 372. Junior synonym of acvapimensis: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 948; Menozzi, 1930b: 118.
  • poultoni. Camponotus acwapimensis var. poultoni Forel, 1913c: 353 (w.) NIGERIA. Forel, 1915c: 348 (m.). Junior synonym of acvapimensis: Brown, 1956a: 39.
  • flavosetosus. Camponotus (Myrmopiromis) flavosetosus Donisthorpe, 1945d: 271 (s.w.) TOGO. Junior synonym of acvapimensis: Brown, 1956a: 39.