Camponotus sannini

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Camponotus sannini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. sannini
Binomial name
Camponotus sannini
Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H., 1999

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Specimen Labels


Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - C. sannini paratypes are hardly distinguishable from Camponotus aethiops in having a straight propodeal dorsum, as opposed to a variable propodeal dorsum, scape and tibiae with decumbent pubescence, as opposed to apressed, and dark brown mesosoma with very superficial lateral striation, as opposed to a generally darker and matte mesosoma in major workers of C. aethiops. However, specimens from Beirut have a distinctly concave propodeum and scape with apressed pubescence. Furthermore, in the original description of C. sannini completely black nest series are also mentioned.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece, Israel, Lebanon (type locality), Syrian Arab Republic.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • sannini. Camponotus sannini Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H. 1999: 477, fig. 2 (w.q.m.) LEBANON.
    • Status as species: Vonshak, et al. 2009: 39; Ionescu-Hirsch, 2010: 88; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 482; Borowiec, L. 2014: 41; Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, 2014: 138; Lebas, et al. 2016: 146; Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 44.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - The original description of C. sannini (Tohmé and Tohmé, 1999) refers to Bernard’s (1968) redescription of C. aethiops, in which he mentioned the matte head and black color of C. aethiops specimens from France (Bernard, 1968). However, C. aethiops in its current concept is a variable species, so that the diagnostic characters of C. sannini are weak. A further study of these species from their entire distribution area will clarify the affinities between the Israeli and other specimens.


Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - TL = 6.9–9.4, HL = 1.95–2.42, HW = 1.80–2.34, EL = 0.47–0.48, SL = 1.70–1.88, ML = 2.54–3.05, PW = 1.29–1.52, mTbL = 1.47–1.60, hTbL = 1.91–2.19 (n = 10).

Determination Clarifications

The species from Lebanon that was formerly identified as Camponotus concavus Forel (junior synonym of C. aethiops in Bolton et al., 2006) by Tohmé (1969a) was reidentified as Camponotus sannini by Tohmé and Tohmé (1999).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2012. Ants of Greece - Checklist, comments and new faunistic data (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus 23(4): 461-563.
  • Ionescu-Hirsch A. 2009. An annotated list of Camponotus of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a key and descriptions of new species. ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY 39: 57–98.
  • Tohmé, G., and H. Tohmé. "Redescription of Camponotus festai Emery, 1894 et description de C. Sannini n. Sp. Deux fourmis du Liban et la Syrie." Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 104 (5) (1999): 473-480.
  • Vonshak M., and A. Ionescu-Hirsch. 2009. A checklist of the ants of Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 39: 33-55.