Camponotus subnitidus famelicus

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Camponotus subnitidus famelicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. subnitidus
Subspecies: C. subnitidus famelicus
Trinomial name
Camponotus subnitidus famelicus
Emery, 1887

Identification

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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.

  • famelicus. Camponotus subnitidus st. famelicus Emery, 1887a: 214 (footnote), pl. 3, fig. 5 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1968: 217 (l.). Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 91.

Type Material

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

Description

Australia, Somerset (L.M.D'Albertis)

Worker minor. These specimens have the tibia covered in longer hair than the Mayr type I brought from Godeffroy Museum and this hair is somewhat obliquely raised, you can see this well with a microscope lens if the limb is held against the light, whereas in the type it is quite adpressed. In some the node comes to a pyramidal obtuse point similar to the point on the scale in C dorycus. The dorsal profile of the node forms an obtuse angle before the point (Fig. 6) which also exists in C gigas and in the African form C longipes Gerst (Fig. 4). One also finds a more or less residue evident of that angle in C dorycus and in its races. All these forms constitute a natural grouping, to which belongs perhaps, among the American species C egregius Smith.

Three small specimens of workers from New Guinea, Hatam (Beccari) which belong to a new form akin to C subnitidus.

1 Two small workers from Adelaide in my collection constitute a special race of C. subnitidus.

C. famelicus, n.st.

Smaller than the type subnitidus (9-10 mm) they have the thorax and peduncle of a dark rusty red color; feet, antennae, mandibles of a fawn red color. The sculpture is similar to that of C subnitidus. The node is higher,crowned in a pyramidal point with an erect profile or slightly acute (Fig.5) whereas in subnitidus it is obtuse. The tibia have, as in subnitidus, the flexor side with two rows of barbs, that are, however, less numerous; also the hair is shorter and more adpressed than in the type from Godeffroy Museum.

References

  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 98, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1887a [1886]. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24[=(2)(4): 209-240 (page 214, (footnote) pl, 3 fig. 5 worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 91, combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1968a. The ant larvae of the subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 61: 205-222 (page 217, larva described)