Camponotus oasium ninivae

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Camponotus oasium ninivae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. oasium
Subspecies: C. oasium ninivae
Trinomial name
Camponotus oasium ninivae
Pisarski, 1971



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iraq, Iran (type locality).

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.

  • ninivae. Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) thoracicus subsp. ninivae Pisarski, 1971a: 674, figs. 10-14 (s.w.) IRAQ.
    • Junior synonym of sanctus: Radchenko, 1996b: 1202 (in key).
    • Junior synonym of oasium: Radchenko, 1997d: 809.
    • Status as subspecies of oasium: Khalili-Moghadam et al., 2019: 166.

Taxonomic Notes

Khalili-Moghadam et al. (2019) - RADCHENKO (1997) treated Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) thoracicus subsp. ninivae PISARSKI, 1971 as a synonym of Camponotus oasium FOREL, 1890; this point of view was repeated in BOLTON's (2019) catalogue. In our opinion this is at least a distinct subspecies if not a good species of the Camponotus oasium species-group. This group contains a lot of different infraspecific taxa, but many of them are probably more or less cryptic species. Our sample from Mavraz agrees well with the types of C. oasium ninivae described from Iraq and preserved in the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of sciences, Warsaw, Poland (available on AntWeb CASENT0911141, CASENT0917224 and CASENT0917225). Specimens of C. oasium ninivae differ from the types of C. oasium oasium FOREL, 1890 from Tunisia not only in their paler colour but also appears slightly shiny in contrast to the matt surface of the head of C. oasium oasium, especially in major workers. We have examined specimens similar to the C. oasium oasium morphotype from Fars province in Iran, but their conspecificity with true C. oasium is also uncertain.