Camponotus woodroffeensis

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Camponotus woodroffeensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. woodroffeensis
Binomial name
Camponotus woodroffeensis
McArthur, 2008

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Specimen Labels

The types were collected from Spinifex (presumably Triodia) near a rocky creek.

Identification

McArthur (2008) - A member of the C. claripes minimus group (McArthur 2007a). In the minor worker (in front view) its head sides are convex whereas in Camponotus minimus they are nearly straight, its eyes are very large.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes


Nomenclature

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

  • woodroffeensis. Camponotus woodroffeensis McArthur, 2008: 126, figs. (w.) AUSTRALIA.

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

Description

Worker

Measurements: HL = 1.18HW + 0.07 (R2 = 0.98, n = 7); PW = 0.59HW + 0.21 (R2 = 0.98, n = 7); CW = 0.50HW - 0.14 (R2 = 0.96, n = 7).

Major: Mesosoma: pronotum convex more so anteriorly; mesonotum feebly convex; metanotum a shallow wide trough; propodeum dorsum feebly convex; angle well rounded, 135°; declivity concave below; ratio propodeal dorsum / declivity about 1; mesosoma with < 10 long erect setae, flat-lying short setae sparse; side of mesonotum and propodeum finely reticulate. Node: anterior and posterior surface mostly flat; summit sharp. Appendages: tibiae, with short setae raised to about 5°, rows of about 5 spines on inside surface; scapes with short setae raised to about 5°, more distinct apically. Head: underside in lateral view without long erect setae; sides straight near parallel but tapering feebly to the front; vertex straight, swollen; frontal carinae wide, about = HW/3; maximum head width occurs at eye centres; clypeus anterior margin projecting, two blunt teeth forming corners with a deep concavity between. Colour: dark brown, limbs lighter.

Minor: Mesosoma: dorsum evenly convex, angle well rounded 150°; declivity mostly straight; ratio propodeal dorsum / declivity about 2; mesosoma with < 10 long erect setae; flat-lying short setae sparse; integument on side of mesonotum and propodeum finely reticulate. Node: anterior and posterior surface mostly flat; summit sharp. Appendages: tibiae with short setae raised to about 5°, rows of about 5 spines on inside; scapes with short setae raised to about 5°, more distinct apically. Head: underside in lateral view without erect setae; sides straight tapering feebly to the front; vertex convex; frontal carinae < HW/3; maximum head width posterior to eye centres; clypeus anterior margin projecting, wide, convex. Colour: brownish yellow, gaster darker, legs lighter.

Type Material

Holotype: One minor worker pinned in South Australian Museum “S. Aust. Mt. Woodroffe 26°18’S 132°15’E 1000m in Spinifex near rocky creek 6/09/1973 B. B. Lowery”. Paratypes: One minor worker with same data pinned in Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.

Etymology

Named after Mount Woodroffe in the north of South Australia from where the ant was collected by Rev. B. B. Lowery SJ, now deceased.

References