Camponotus atriceps

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Camponotus atriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. atriceps
Binomial name
Camponotus atriceps
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Label

Subspecies
Synonyms

This ant is known to be a synanthropic species. De Oliveira et al. (2015) found two colonies of C. atriceps opportunistically nesting in Cecropia pachystachya trees (southwest Bahia, Brazil).

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  • Foraging worker from Tobago. Photo by Tom Murray.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States.
Neotropical Region: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Camponotus atriceps for further details

Biology

De la Mora et al. (2016) found this species nesting in logs found in coffee farms in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico. A small percentage of pupae were found to be parasitized by eucharitid wasps.

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • abdominalis. Formica abdominalis Fabricius, 1804: 409 (w.) CENTRAL AMERICA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953e: 196 (l.). Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1862c: 285; in C. (Myrmothrix): Forel, 1912i: 91. [Junior primary homonym of Formica abdominalis Latreille, 1802c: 175.] Replacement name: Formica atriceps Smith, F. 1858b: 44. [Note: atriceps was given as a junior synonym of abdominalis Fabricius by Roger, 1862c: 285 and the synonymy was confirmed by Hashmi, 1973: 83; atriceps is first available replacement name: Bolton, 1995b: 83.] See under atriceps for synonyms formerly applied to abdominalis Fabricius.
  • atriceps. Formica atriceps Smith, F. 1858b: 44 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Mayr, 1862: 660 (q.); Forel, 1878: 76 (m.); Mariano et al., 2001: 269 (k.). Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1862c: 285. Junior synonym of abdominalis: Roger, 1862c: 285; Santschi, 1913h: 42; Hashmi, 1973: 83. Subspecies of abdominalis: Emery, 1906c: 187; Forel, 1911c: 310. Senior synonym of taeniatus: Mayr, 1870a: 378. Oldest synonym of, and hence first available replacement name for, Formica abdominalis Fabricius, 1804: 409, designated by Bolton, 1995b: 86. [Junior primary homonym of Formica abdominalis Latreille, 1802c: 175.] Junior synonyms attached to abdominalis Fabricius by Hashmi, 1973: 82–83 are transferred to atriceps, which hence is senior synonym of: atricipitoesuriens, costaricensis, cupiens, depressidens, epistomatus, esuriens (and its junior synonym vulpinus), fuchsae, fulvacea, fumata, laevilata, mediopallidus, rabidus, romani, stercorarius, taeniatus, transvectus, ustulatus. Material of the unavailable names defrictus, flavobasalis, luisae, misionensis, panamanus, referred to abdominalis Fabricius by Hashmi, 1973: 82, is here referred to atriceps. Current subspecies: nominal plus nocens (status uncertain, see Hashmi, 1973: 120).
  • esuriens. Formica esuriens Smith, F. 1858b: 54 (s.w.) MEXICO. Norton, 1868c: 1 (q.m.). Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 5; in C. (Myrmothrix): Emery, 1925b: 107. Subspecies of atriceps: Forel, 1879a: 76; Forel, 1885a: 340. Revived status as species: Pergande, 1896: 862. Subspecies of abdominalis: Emery, 1896d: 372; Forel, 1899c: 133; Kempf, 1972a: 60. Senior synonym of vulpinus: Roger, 1863b: 5; of fulvacea: Forel, 1885a: 340. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 83.
  • vulpinus. Camponotus vulpinus Mayr, 1862: 658 (w.q.) VENEZUELA. Junior synonym of esuriens: Roger, 1863b: 5.
  • taeniatus. Camponotus taeniatus Roger, 1863a: 149 (q.) MEXICO. Junior synonym of atriceps: Mayr, 1870a: 378; Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • fulvacea. Formica fulvacea Norton, 1868a: 60, pl. 2, fig. 1 (s.w.) MEXICO. Combination in Camponotus: Norton, 1868c: 2. Junior synonym of atriceps: Mayr, 1870a: 377; of esuriens: Forel, 1885a: 340. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of esuriens: Dalla Torre, 1893: 230. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • atricipitoesuriens. Camponotus atriceps var. atricipitoesuriens Forel, 1879a: 77 (w.) MEXICO. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • stercorarius. Camponotus atriceps r. stercorarius Forel, 1885a: 340 (w.q.m.) GUATEMALA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953e: 196 (l.). Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Crawley, 1916b: 376. Raised to species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 253. Subspecies of abdominalis: Emery, 1896d: 372; Forel, 1899c: 133; Forel, 1922: 99. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • ustulatus. Camponotus atriceps r. ustulatus Forel, 1885a: 339 (s.w.) GUATEMALA. Santschi, 1936b: 211 (q.m.). Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Emery, 1925b: 108. Raised to species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 255. Subspecies of abdominalis: Emery, 1896d: 372; Forel, 1899c: 132. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • costaricensis. Camponotus abdominalis var. costaricensis Forel, 1899c: 132 (w.) COSTA RICA. Menozzi, 1927d: 339 (q.). Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Emery, 1925b: 107. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • mediopallidus. Camponotus abdominalis r. mediopallidus Forel, 1901h: 70 (w.q.) COLOMBIA. [First available use of Camponotus abdominalis r. ustulatus var. mediopallidus Forel, 1899c: 132; unavailable name.] Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • cupiens. Camponotus abdominalis subsp. cupiens Forel, 1908c: 410 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • fuchsae. Camponotus abdominalis subsp. fuchsae Forel, 1908c: 409 (s.w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Bruch, 1914: 228. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • transvectus. Camponotus abdominalis subsp. transvectus Wheeler, W.M. 1910d: 326 (s.w.q.m.) U.S.A. Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Emery, 1925b: 108. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • depressidens. Camponotus (Myrmothrix) abdominalis st. depressidens Santschi, 1922c: 107 (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • laevilata. Camponotus (Myrmothrix) abdominalis var. laevilata Santschi, 1922c: 108 (s.q.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • rabidus. Camponotus (Myrmothrix) abdominalis st. rabidus Santschi, 1922c: 107 (s.w.q.) PERU. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • romani. Camponotus (Myrmothrix) abdominalis subsp. romani Wheeler, W.M. 1923a: 5 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • fumata. Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) abdominalis var. fumata Stitz, 1933: 71 (w.) VENEZUELA. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.
  • epistomatus. Camponotus (Myrmothrix) abdominalis st. epistomatus Santschi, 1936b: 208 (w.) COLOMBIA. Junior synonym of atriceps: Hashmi, 1973: 82.

Description

References

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  • de la Mora, A., G. Perez-Lachaud, J. P. Lachaud, and S. M. Philpott. 2015. Local and Landscape Drivers of Ant Parasitism in a Coffee Landscape. Environmental Entomology. 44:939-950. doi:10.1093/ee/nvv071
  • Emery, C. 1906c [1905]. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XXVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 37: 107-194 (page 187, Variety/subspecies of abdominalis)
  • Fabricius, J. C. 1804. Systema Piezatorum secundum ordines, genera, species, adjectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. Brunswick: C. Reichard, xiv + 15-439 + 30 pp. (page 409, Oldest synonym of, and hence first available replacement name for Formica abdominalis)
  • Flores-Maldonado, K. Y.; Phillips, S. A., Jr.; Sánchez-Ramos, G. 1999. The myrmecofauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) along an altitudinal gradient in the Sierra Madre Oriental of northeastern Mexico. Southwest. Nat. 44: 457-461 (page 457, record in Mexico)
  • Forel, A. 1879a. Études myrmécologiques en 1879 (deuxième partie [1re partie en 1878]). Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 16: 53-128 (page 76, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1911e. Ameisen des Herrn Prof. v. Ihering aus Brasilien (Sao Paulo usw.) nebst einigen anderen aus Südamerika und Afrika (Hym.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1911: 285-312 (page 310, Variety/subspecies of abdominalis)
  • Hashmi, A. A. 1973b. A revision of the Neotropical ant subgenus Myrmothrix of genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 16: 1-140 (page 83, junior synonym of abdominalis; page 82, junior synonyms attached to abdominalis Fabricius are here transferred to atriceps, which hence is senior synonym of atricipitoescuriens, costaricensis, cupiens, depressidens, epistomatus, esuriens (and its junior synonym vulpinus), fuchsae, fulvacea, fum; Material of the unavailable names defrictus, flavobasalis, lusiae, misionensis and panamanus, referred to abdominalis Fabricius by hashmi, 1973 is here referred to atriceps.)
  • Latreille, P. A. 1802b. Histoire naturelle générale et particulière des Crustacés et des insectes. Tome 3. Familles naturelles des genres. Paris: F. Dufart, xii + 467 pp. (page 175, Junior primary homonym of Formica abdominalis Latreille, 1802.)
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  • Mayr, G. 1870a. Formicidae novogranadenses. Sitzungsber. Kais. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Cl. Abt. I 61: 370-417 (page 378, senior synonym of taeniatus)
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