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Species: Camponotus cylindricus   (Fabricius, 1798) 

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Note: Not a Valid Taxon Name

Current Valid Name:

Colobopsis cylindrica

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Formica cylindrica Fabricius, 1798 PDF: 280 (q.) INDIA. Indomalaya. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype (?) queen. Primary type locality: ““Habitat in India” Mus. Dom. Bosc. Primary type depository: unknown. Type notes: 1) No indication of number of specimens is given. 2) Zimsen, 1964 PDF: 425, did not find any specimens in ZMUC or ZMUK. 3) Type locality India is repeated in Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 404, but Latreille, 1802a PDF: 122, gave “l’Isle-de-France” (= Mauritius) as locality. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.


J. Longino, 25 Sep 2014: The "bursting" Camponotus in Borneo often burst when captured, exuding a gummy material [Maschwitz, U., and E. Maschwitz (1974). Bursting workers: A new means of defence in social Hymenoptera. Florida Entomologist 57:230.] These are appearing in the literature and on the Web under the name C. saundersi. Images of Camponotus badius (Smith 1857) [an unresolved jr. homonym] from Singapore and C. saundersi Emery 1889 look identical. Emery (1896) synonymized saundersi under badius. Bingham (1903) listed C. saundersi as valid, with no reference to Emery's synonymy, and Bolton treated this as a revived taxon. The majors and queens have cylindrical phragmotic heads. There is an older name, C. cylindricus (Fabricius 1798) that was based on a queen from Borneo. Based on my own very limited collecting there are at least two species in Borneo, so there is probably a whole complex of species in need of revision. I am identifying all of these as Camponotus cylindricus group.

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