First Record of The South European Rare Parasitic Ant Species Camponotus universitatis Forel (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Asia
Keywords:Formicidae, Camponotus universitatis, social parasite, Turkey
Camponotus universitatis was the only known inquiline parasitic species of the genus Camponotus until C. ruseni, a putative parasitic species, was recently described by Karaman in 2012. C. universitatis has been recorded so far only from the southern Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Albania and Bulgaria) by a few studies. Despite the Bulgarian record of the C. universitatis is from the Strandzha Mountains which lies very close to the Turkish boundary, the species has not yet been recorded from Turkey up to date. In this study, we recorded C. universitatis from Konya-AkÅŸehir-Engili Village (Central Anatolia) representing the first record of the species in Asia.
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