Camponotus staryi

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Camponotus staryi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmentoma
Species: C. staryi
Binomial name
Camponotus staryi
Pisarski, 1971

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran in a garden under tree in a low rainfall area.


Radchenko (1997) - A member of the Camponotus lateralis species group.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 36.409° to 30.9°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Iran, Iraq (type locality).

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.

  • staryi. Camponotus (Myrmentoma) staryi Pisarski, 1971b: 730, figs. 6-9 (w.) IRAQ.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 125; Radchenko, 1996b: 1197 (in key); Radchenko, 1997b: 708; Paknia, et al. 2010: 31; Borowiec, L. 2014: 43.

Taxonomic Notes

Seifert (2019): This taxon has been described from Northern Iraq. The holotype, a minor worker, is depicted in under CASENT0917233 and is labeled ‘Iraq Sari Rash nr Salahuddin Kurdistan 10.7.1968 leg. Stary 322’, ‘Holotyp’, ‘Camponotus staryi sp. n. det B. Pisarski’ and ‘ANTWEB CASENT0917223’. The type locality is situated at 36.409°N, 44.317°E, 980 m and thus 1250 km east of the type locality of Camponotus anatolicus Karaman & Aktac 2013 in W Anatolia. The holotype of C. staryi shows a high similarity to minor workers from the holotype nest of Camponotus anatolicus which I could examine. Considering the images in as well as Pisarski’s drawing of the holotype in the original description, the interspecific differences verbally described by Karaman & Aktac (2013) appear most doubtful. The only morphological argument for a possible heterospecificity is the wider petiole in the C. staryi holotype: PeW/CS1.25 was calculated from the images as 0.418 whereas it is 0.304–0.381 in 9 specimens of C. anatolicus (Tab. 2). I refrain here from a synonymization of the two taxa because of the very poor data basis and the rather high geographic distance of the type localities.



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.
  • Paknia O., and M. Pfeiffer. 2011. Hierarchical partitioning of ant diversity: implications for conservation of biogeographical diversity in arid and semi-arid areas. Diversity and Distributions 17: 122-131.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.
  • Radchenko A. G. 1997. A review of ants of the subgenus Myrmentoma, Genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), from Asian Palaearctic. Entomological Review 77(8): 1050-1059.
  • Seifert B. 2019. A taxonomic revision of the members of the Camponotus lateralis species group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Europe, Asia Minor and Caucasia. Soil Organisms 91:7–32.