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Species: Camponotus (Myrmosericus) vestitus   (Smith, 1858) 

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See Also:

Camponotus vestitus anthracinus, Camponotus vestitus bombycinus, Camponotus vestitus comptus, Camponotus vestitus intuens, Camponotus vestitus lujai, Camponotus vestitus pectitus, Camponotus vestitus perpectitus, Camponotus vestitus strophiatus

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Extant: 8 valid subspecies

Formica vestita Smith, 1858a PDF: 32 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Arnold, 1924 PDF: 694 (s.w.)
Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b PDF: 2.
Revived status as species: Santschi, 1926b PDF: 258; Santschi, 1930a PDF: 74; Bernard, 1953b PDF: 262

Taxon Page Images:

Camponotus vestitus. Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, South Africa; 18 May 2016. Photos and collection by Philip Herbst.

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 8 times found in Camdeboo Escarpment Thicket, Acacia Thicket., 4 times found in Renosterveld, 4 times found in Bushy Karoo-Namib shrubland, 5 times found in Camdeboo Escarpment Thicket. Acacia thicket., 4 times found in Camdeboo Escarpment Thicket, Open habitat, low shrubs & mat forming wild carnation, scattered grass., 3 times found in Grassland, 3 times found in Camdeboo Escarpment Thicket, Acacia thicket stony ground., open times found in woodland, 3 times found in Camdeboo Escarpment Thicket, Acacia thicket, stony ground., 2 times found in Fynbos, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times soil, 1 times ground foragers, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times Soil surface.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 59 times Pitfall trap, 8 times Yellow Pan Trap, 5 times Malaise Trap, 4 times Sweeping, 4 times Nest, 3 times Turning over rocks, 1 times Hand collected, 1 times pooter, 2 times By Hand, 1 times Rotten animal carcass, 1 times Human dung day trap, ...

Elevations: collected from 35 - 2470 meters, 1092 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1887-12-31 and 2021-02-16

Type specimens: Holotype of Formica vestita: casent0903234; type of Formica vestita: focol2947

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