Camponotus claripes nudimalis

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Camponotus claripes nudimalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. claripes
Subspecies: C. claripes nudimalis
Trinomial name
Camponotus claripes nudimalis
Forel, 1913

Apparently confined to the south-west (WA). This is one of the very few Camponotus species that will forage inside Perth houses. At least some colonies of this ant make their nest in living trees. A well-grown Eucalyptus ficifolia F. Muell on the author’s property contains a nest of C. claripes nudimalis, with tunnels under the outer bark. Copious amounts of sawdust within bark crevices, and on the ground around the tree indicate that these ants have been actively engaged in excavating wood from the living tree, even though the colony may have been established in pre-existing cavities made by another arthropod.

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Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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Biology

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Nomenclature

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

  • nudimalis. Camponotus claripes var. nudimalis Forel, 1913g: 191 (s.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1925b: 110. Currently subspecies of claripes: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 112.

Type Material

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

I received at the time from M.Michaelsen from Bridgetown, Western Australia a worker major which I had assigned to claripes. But in reality it constitutes a different variety which is distinguished by its extremely sparse pilosity, absolutely absent on the cheeks, and also by the pits on its clypeus which are transformed into oblique long coarse grooves. These grooves are very distinct. The insect is very shiny with the gaster a dark brown, the head and the thorax a little yellowish light brown and the limbs yellowish.

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