oa Madoqua - Observations on the natural history and behaviour of the dune ant , Camponotus detritus Emery, in the central Namib Desert

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Componotus detritus is a formicine ant species common in the sand-dunes of the central Namib Desert. Workers showed a continuous polymorphism and a certain amount of polyethism. Queens were similar to workers in appearance but had larger, distended gasters. From 0 to 7 dealate females were found in a nest. Alate reproductives occurred in some nests throughout most of the year, but the majority were found in summer.

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