Girish Mahajan

Camponotus empedocles

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Formicidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Hymenoptera
Genus  Camponotus
Camponotus empedocles
Similar  Camponotus cinctellus, Namib Desert dune ant, Banded sugar ant, Black carpenter ant

Camponotus empedocles is a large and dark species of sugar ant with an extensive range in the Afrotropics.

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Range

It is native to the Afrotropics and is known to occur in the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe (type locality) and South Africa.

Description

It is one of the larger, black sugar ant species of the Afrotropics, with a head width (HW) of 3.3 to 3.4 mm. As with other sugar ants, they have 12 segmented antennae with the antennal insertions distant from the clypeal margin, a rounded pronotum without teeth anteriorly and the petiole entire.

It is uniformly blackish brown with paler legs, and the alitrunk has a continuous, uninterrupted outline. The shiny, uniformly coloured gaster has sparse pubescence, while the duller body is somewhat sculptured. The gula (or medioventral head sclerite) has hairs, but the occiput (back of head) is nearly hairless. The hind tibiae are channeled with a few spiny hairs on the flexor (or inner) surface, with short decumbent (or upward flexing) pubescence evenly covering the whole appendage.

References

Camponotus empedocles Wikipedia


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